As Bristol’s Green Capital Year approaches the Mayor is to be challenged about his carbon footprint.
The Mayor has made frequent trips practically all round the world, including to China - twice, the United States - twice, Copenhagen, Cannes and Bordeaux, Frankfurt, Switzerland, Brussels and the Republic of Ireland. Many of these journeys, even short hops to France, have been made by plane.
Now Cllr Sean Beynon, Labour, Southville is set to ask the Mayor to estimate the impact these trips have had on his own carbon footprint.
“I'm not suggesting the Mayor should never fly - that would be silly. However, the Mayor rarely reveals the impact of these many trips, and he should surely be considering whether the cost and environmental impact are worth the benefits. At a time when he's pledged to cut carbon emissions in Bristol by 40 per cent, his own carbon footprint continues to spiral out of control. Perhaps he thinks he's too important to consider his own contribution, and wants to leave the heavy lifting in carbon reduction to ordinary Bristolians?
"As Green Capital, the eyes of Europe will be on Bristol. They should be able to see a Mayor leading by example, not jet-setting around the world," he said.