Greenpeace Chief's 'Several Flights a Month' Could Power the Average Household for 2 Years
Environmental group Greenpeace has today issued a statement defending one of its most senior executives after it was revealed that Pascal Husting, the international programmes director, flies back and forth between Luxembourg and Amsterdam in order to perform his job.
The Guardian revealed the detail in a wider article about Greenpeace's structural problems. Greenpeace UK's CEO John Sauven claimed he didn't think Greenpeace had crossed the line, but called the issue "a really tough one".
Husting, who was previously the head of Greenpeace France, joined the organisation after working for the international tax and accounting advisory firm Grant Thornton. He is said to travel by airplane "several times a month", on a 1-hour flight that Breitbart London was quoted £222 per ticket for, given 2 weeks' notice. The cost, which is picked up by Greenpeace donors, can rise to £500 per ticket if flights are booked at late notice.
The commute itself would likely take Mr Husting around 6 hours in total, almost a full working day, raising further questions as to whether Greenpeace donors would find it a good use of Mr Husting's salary to have him in transit for several days a month. Further to this, the Forest Credits website states that each round-trip would give Mr Husting a "carbon footprint" of an estimated 240kg of carbon dioxide emissions – the equivalent of a household's energy use for 6 days.
Breitbart London has asked Mr Husting why he took the job and refused to move his home from Luxembourg, though no response has yet been obtained. A statement from Greenpeace seemed to blame the issue on his "young family", though it has also been noted that Luxembourg is an extremely secretive tax haven.
Mr Husting's arrival at Greenpeace International was noted in February 2012, and at a rate of "several" flights per month, he is likely to have amassed over 600 commuting hours, costing upwards of £25,000, and contributing over 25,000kg of carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere – the equivalent of leaving a low energy lightbulb on for 220 years, or the average household energy consumption for 2 years.