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Data concerning international flights taken by Minister for ECCLR: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Published:
30 Oct 2019
Data concerning international flights taken by Minister for ECCLR: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/19/02244
Date received: 2 Oct 2019
Date responded: 29 Oct 2019
Information requested

In that request you indicated that you sought, for the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, details of international flights taken since May 2016, to include a breakdown detailing destination, reason for the trip, duration and, if known, the associated emissions.

Response

We endeavour to provide information wherever possible.  All Ministerial travel is published proactively by the Scottish Government. Some of the information you have requested:

  • Name
  • Ministerial title
  • Destination (as “Location”), and
  • Reason for the trip (as “Event”)

can be accessed from the following link:
https://www.gov.scot/publications/?term=Ministerial%20engagements,%20travel%20and%20gifts&publicationTypes=transparency-data&page=1
Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

The following table sets out the destination, duration, associated emissions and reason for each trip. Some trips were booked and recorded as one-way and some were booked and recorded as return.

Date of trip

Destination

Duration (days)

Emissions (kgCO2)

Reason for trip

04/10/2019

Return from Luxembourg

1

230

Inbound flights. Attendance at EU Environment Council in Luxembourg

03/10/2019

Luxembourg

1

153

Outbound flights. Attendance at EU Environment Council in Luxembourg

06/03/2019

Spain, France

2

141

Inbound flights. Attendance as speaker at International Conference on Climate Change in San Sebastian, Spain

05/03/2019

Belgium, Spain

1

153

Outbound flights. Attendance as speaker at International Conference on Climate Change in San Sebastian, Spain

11/12/2018

Poland

1

203

Inbound flight. Attendance at United Nations Conference of the Parties 24 in Katowice, Poland. 

09/12/2018

Poland

1

144

Outbound flight. Attendance at United Nations Conference of the Parties 24 in Katowice, Poland. 

09/10/2018

Luxembourg

1

88

Inbound flights. Attendance at EU Environment Council in Luxembourg.

08/10/2018

Luxembourg

1

126

Outbound flights. Attendance at EU Environment Council in Luxembourg.

08/08/2018

Norway

1

49

Inbound flight. Series of meetings with Norweigan Ministers and industry leads to discuss Deposit Return Scheme and aquaculture.

07/08/2018

Norway

1

45

Internal flight between Oslo and Bergen. Series of meetings with Norweigan Ministers and industry leads to discuss Deposit Return Scheme and aquaculture.

06/08/2018

Norway

1

86

Outbound flight. Series of meetings with Norweigan Ministers and industry leads to discuss Deposit Return Scheme and aquaculture.

07/07/2018

Return from Italy

1

177

Inbound flight. Attendance at International Conference on the 3rd Anniversary of Laudato si’, in Vatican, Italy.

05/07/2018

Italy

1

129

Outbound flights. Attendance at International Conference on the 3rd Anniversary of Laudato si’, in Vatican, Italy.

13/11/2017

Return from Germany

1

92

Inbound flight. Attendance at United Nations Conference of the Parties 23 in Bonn, Germany.

12/10/2017

Luxembourg

2

175

Return flights. Attendance at EU Environment Council in Luxembourg.

25/09/2017

Return from Belgium

1

68

Inbound flight. Roundtable discussion with Green 10 coalition in Brussels, Belgium.

24/09/2017

France

1

78

Outbound flight. Roundtable with Green 10 coalition in Brussels, Belgium.

28/02/2017

Belgium

1

22

Inbound flights. Attendance at EU Environment Council in Brussels, Belgium.

27/02/2017

Belgium

1

14

Outbound flights. Attendance at EU Environment Council in Brussels, Belgium.

16/11/2016

Return from France

1

16

Inbound flight. Attendance at United Nations Conference of the Parties 22 in Marrakech, Morocco.

15/11/2016

Morocco, France

1

38

Inbound flight. Attendance at United Nations Conference of the Parties 22 in Marrakech, Morocco.

12/11/2016

Morocco

1

44

Outbound flight. Attendance at United Nations Conference of the Parties 22 in Marrakech, Morocco.

29/09/2016

Belgium

2

27

Return flights. Attendance at EU Environment Council in Brussels, Belgium.

19/06/2016

Luxembourg

2

173

Return flights. Attendance at EU Environment Council in Luxembourg.

We collect a carbon emissions levy on all business flights, which aims to compensate for the carbon that our business travel generates. The levy raises funds that are put into projects on our estate such as solar panels.

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