Donald Trump can’t be too happy with the UK at the moment….or maybe it’s the other way round
A petition calling to ban him from the UK was approved for a parliamentary debate earlier in the week and now the billionaire tycoon faces fines from the British environment agency over carbon emissions from one of his private jets.
Trump is one of a number of businessmen and companies fined for failing to “surrender sufficient allowances to cover annual reportable emissions” by the Environment Agency. The organization is responsible for enforcing the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) in the UK.
Among other offenders are the Bahraini Royal Family, 21st Century Fox America and vehicle manufacturers JCB, who have all been asked to pay for flights to and from the UK.
The ETS states that all polluters must give a carbon permit for each ton of carbon pollution emitted, or face a £75 fine. Some permits are given to air operators for free, or can be bought for roughly £6.
The Republican presidential hopeful faces a £1,610 fine for a flight to the UK in a plane owned by DJT Operations I LLC.
The Guardian speculated the plane could be the Boeing 757 he uses as a private jet. Inside the huge aircraft, which would normally carry 300 passengers, Trump enjoys a luxurious interior complete with bedroom suite and gold taps.
The EU Emissions Trading System is an important means of regulating emissions from aviation operators,” said Liz Parkes, Environment Agency deputy director of climate change and business services.
“The Environment Agency’s enforcement activity is part of coordinated action across Europe,” she said.
The fines come as London breached its annual pollution limit just eight days into 2016, and only weeks after Prime Minister David Cameron attended vital climate change talks in Paris.