CO2 emissions from private flights to the World Economic Forum
13 February 2023
In order to estimate the number of flights for the WEF, we have therefore compared the flights in the WEF weeks with the flights in the weeks before and after. [...] We assumed that the share of CO2 emissions and share of flights attributable to the WEF would equal the flights and CO2 emissions during the timeframe of the WEF minus the flights when there is no WEF. [...] Figure 1 - Distance distribution of all flights during the week around the WEF 2022 (21-27 May, 2022) 250 200 150 100 50 0 Distance in kilometres The emissions of flights to and from the selected airports in the WEF week of 2022 amounted to 9.7 kilotonnes CO2. [...] In the remainder of the year, the number of daily flights is between 50 and 100 flights per day most of the time and rarely exceeds 100 flights a day. [...] Figure 4 shows the distribution of distances of all the flights during the week of the WEF 2022.