Boris Johnson has been accused hypocrisy following revelations that he pumped 21 tonnes of CO2 in two weeks while lecturing about climate changes on his friend and billionaire private jet.

In the two-week period leading up to May’s local elections, the prime minister flew more than 1,200 miles aboard Lord Bamford’s JCB tycoon jet.

According to The Sunday Mirror at least two more businessman-piloted flights were made,

Boris Johnson has been accused of hypocrisy after it emerged he pumped out 21 tonnes of CO2 in just two weeks. Pictured: Johnson exiting a private helicopter in Wolverhampton in May

After it was revealed that Boris Johnson had pumped 21 tonnes of CO2 in two weeks, Johnson was accused of hypocrisy. Pictured: Johnson leaving a private helicopter in Wolverhampton, May

The prime minister travelled more than 1,200 miles on JCB tycoon Lord Bamford's jet in the fortnight leading up to May's local elections (pictured together last week)

In the two weeks leading up to May’s local elections, the prime minister travelled more that 1,200 miles on Lord Bamford’s JCB tycoon’s jet (pictured together last week).

If he had travelled by train, Johnson would have used up a fraction of the CO2, while a car would take a year to produce the same emissions as the £47million Gulfstream jet spews out in just one hour.

It comes as the prime Minister prepares to host global leaders to Glasgow for Cop26 climate summit.

Last month, he called on his UN counterparts to ‘blow out the candles of a world on fire’ and tackle climate change together in a powerful speech in New York.

Dr Doug Parr, Greenpeace’s chief scientist, stated that Prime Ministerial actions have far greater consequences than any Hollywood star or royal. Prime Ministerial hypocrisy can be deeply detrimental to public trust.

The Gulfstream G650 jet flight would have produced around 21.2 tonnes CO2, which is about three times the annual emissions of an individual.

The flights on the Gulfstream G650 jet  (pictured) would have released around 21.2 tonnes of CO2, the third of a person's annual emissions

The flights on the Gulfstream G650 jet  (pictured) would have released around 21.2 tonnes of CO2, the third of a person’s annual emissions

130 trees would be required to be planted in order to offset these travels.

Johnson appeared virtually at Germany’s Petersberg Climate Dialogue, where he encouraged leaders to offer more than ‘hot air’ to prevent climate change.

He stated that he would be seeking commitments from G7 members to use the voices and votes of their members wherever and whenever possible, to support the transition towards net zero (carbon emission), kickstart a green industry revolution, and build economies that can withstand any changes in our changing climate.

He then boarded a private helicopter to inaugurate a Coventry school, and then flew to the North East to take advantage of Hartlepool’s by-election win.

The flights were declared as donations in kind to the Conservative Party, with estimated costs of £40,254.71.

The revelations are also likely to embarrass Johnson's wife Carrie who is a keen environmentalist. She was not on board the flights

Johnson’s wife Carrie is also likely to be embarrassed by the revelations. She is an environmentalist and avid shopper. She was not present on the flight.

 The prime minister is far from the first eco campaigner to be criticised for their use of private jets, after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were slammed for their excessive use of the gas-guzzling transport while lecturing about climate change.

Johnson’s wife Carrie is also likely to be embarrassed by the revelations. She is an avid environmentalist. She was not aboard the flights. 

A spokesperson for the Conservative Party stated that it was important for party leaders not to travel across the country in short time. 

This week, Johnson unveiled his Net Zero strategy to turn Britain green by 2050 – but was warned by the Treasury that taxes and consumer costs could rise to cover the estimated £1trillion bill.

In a foreword, to the government document - titled Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener - Boris Johnson said the UK would 'lead the charge'

Boris Johnson, in a foreword to the government paper titled Net Zero Strategy. Build Back Greener – stated that the UK would ‘lead this charge’

As well as clean flights, a shift to electric cars by 2035, and gas boilers out by 2030, there will be a focus on encouraging homeowners to be more environmentally-conscious. 

This could be done by incentivizing mortgage lenders that prioritize properties with higher energy ratings.

In typical bullish style Mr Johnson insists that he is not afraid of ‘leading the charge’. He said that history has never been made in the back seat of the class.

He claimed that Russia is following China’s lead, even though Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping are expected not to attend the COP26 summit. This summit is where the premier asks world leaders to reduce carbon emissions.

China also announced plans to increase oil and gas exploration and build more coal-fired power stations in recent weeks. This raises questions about China’s seriousness about environmental issues.

According to the government, switching from fossil fuels, to clean energy, such as wind and new nuclear, can reduce import dependence and protect families against price spikes. The government estimates that 440,000 jobs with good salaries can be created in the next decade.

The Net Zero plan sets out a pathway for how various elements need to reduce their carbon emissions over the coming years

The Net Zero Plan outlines the steps that different elements must take to reduce their carbon emissions over coming years.

However, there are growing concerns from the Tory backbenches at the consequences of the push – which economists say is likely to cost £1trillion over 30 years, although the bill for dealing with climate change would almost certainly be higher.

Rishi Sunak, Treasury, issued a separate warning about this burden in a separate document. It stated that the transition will have material fiscal consequences’.

Although it acknowledged that global inaction on climate change would have greater costs than action, the assessment stated that the government must consider ‘wider and longer-term pressures on the public finances’.

The analysis showed that subsidies like those for electric cars favor the wealthy while adding costs to the pockets of the poor.

They said the bill for improving insulation varies massively between properties, from a few hundred pounds to nearly £8,500 for ‘non-standard dwellings’.

One chart flagged the huge range of possible outcomes from the Net Zero process – suggesting that heating, power and transport costs could rise from around £2,400 a year now to around £2,600 in 2050.

However, they could also fall to £1,800 at the optimistic end of the spectrum.  

Boris’s net Zero blueprint (all 368 of it)  

Boris Johnson’s net-zero strategy commits Britain to a host of changes over the next twenty years in order to reduce climate change.

Today’s Net Zero Strategy: Build back Greener is 368 pages long. It outlines plans to improve every aspect of our lives.

To achieve net zero carbon emissions by the mid-century, homes, vehicles, government buildings, and even jobs will need to meet environmental criteria. 

The document contains:

  • Plans for a new £450 million three-year Boiler Upgrade Scheme will see households offered grants of up to £5,000 for low-carbon heating systems so they cost the same as a gas boiler now.  
  • Additional £60million investment in ‘heat pump innovation – making them beautiful, smaller, easier to install’
  • All electricity generated in the UK from low-carbon sources by 2035
  • Proposal to sign off on the investment decision regarding a large-scale nuclear power plant.
  • To increase the number homes of energy meters, power suppliers should set targets 
  • Domestic heat pumps, which use the earth’s warmth or air to heat water, should be as accessible as gas equivalents by 2030. The Government plans to have 600,000 heat pump installations each year by 2028. However, costs will be cut between 25-50 percent by 2025.
  • After a furious backlash by Tory MPs, homeowners, there has been no total ban on gas boilers starting in 2035. Instead, the government has stated it will make an ambition to ensure that no new gas boilers are sold by 2035.
  • The Prime Minister promises that homeowners in Britain will not have to pay the cost of going green. He states in his foreword that he will ensure that the price you pay for green electricity is comparable to carbon-laden gas. With most of our electricity being generated by wind farms in the North Sea and British nuclear reactors, we will reduce our vulnerability for sudden price increases caused by fluctuations in international fossil fuel markets. 
  • All road-legal powered vehicles, including buses and lorries, will be required to be emission-free by 2040.
  • Funding of £2billion for walking and cycling plans, including building ‘first hundreds, then thousands of miles of segregated cycle lane and more low-traffic neighbourhoods’ under plans to make more half of all urban journeys on foot or bike by 2030