1,200 gas-guzzling limos for delegates

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 December, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 December, 2009, 12:00am

It's been billed as the most important climate summit in history, but some delegates have failed their first test after it emerged some will land in Copenhagen in private jets, and then be ferried around in gas-guzzling limousines.

Reports said that more than 1,200 limousines have flooded into the Danish capital for the green summit.

By the climax of the conference on December 18, the total number of private jets will number more than 140 thanks to some of the more heavyweight delegates, including world leaders, media reports said.

Svend Olling, Denmark's lead co-ordinator of logistics, said that about 90 per cent of emissions produced at the conference will come from delegates' air travel.

The owner of Copenhagen's biggest limousine company, Majken Friss Jorgenson, told London's The Daily Telegraph that her firm usually has 12 vehicles on the road at any time. During the summit, the company will muster up to 200.

'We thought they were not going to have many cars, due to it being a climate convention,' she said. 'But it seems that somebody last week looked at the weather report.'

France had ordered 42 vehicles, she said, and the vehicle supply in Denmark was quickly drying up.

Copenhagen's private car companies are reportedly bringing in lines of limos from Germany and Sweden.

'We haven't got enough limos in the country to fulfil the demand,' she said, adding that only five of the limos are hybrid - the rest are petrol and diesel.

On the positive side, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is supplying a fleet of limousines, about 40 Volvos fuelled with biofuel produced from straw.

According to Novozymes, the largest enzyme producer in the world, this is the first time a fleet of limos has been fuelled with this type of biofuel.

For dining at the conference centre's cafeterias, beef will be less available than chicken or lamb because beef production results in higher greenhouse gas emissions.