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Boris Johnson defends flight from London to Cornwall

Boris Johnson has defended flying to Cornwall for the G7 summit, where he should urge leaders to do more to tackle climate change.

The Prime Minister spoke in Newquay after flying out of London to PMQs on Wednesday.

A trip to the region would take around four hours with the much more environmentally friendly train or around five hours by car.

I arrived in Cornwall for this year’s @ G7 where I will urge my fellow leaders to rise to the challenge of defeating the pandemic and rebuilding it better, fairer and greener.

It’s going to be a busy and important summit, and I can’t wait to get started. # G7UKpic.twitter.com/H4VSQ2SCD6

– Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) June 9, 2021

France recently decided to ban domestic short-haul flights with train alternatives in order to reduce CO2 emissions.

Around 2.4% of global CO2 emissions come from aviation.

But Johnson defended his 250-mile air journey when he arrived in Cornwall, where he hopes to pave the way for an ambitious climate deal at the main Cop26 summit in Glasgow later this year.

The Prime Minister told reporters, “If you attack my arrival by plane.

“I respectfully point out that the UK is indeed leading the way in developing sustainable aviation fuel and one of the points in the 10-point plan for our green industrial revolution is to achieve both Jet Zero and Net Zero.”

Johnson will meet US President Joe Biden on Thursday for first personal talks before the summit begins on Friday.

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