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Carbon footprint of G20 leaders

Flight analysis

Which G20 leader has the biggest carbon footprint?

The most powerful leaders in the world met in Osaka, Japan for the G20 Summit on 28th to 29th June, with climate change a major topic on the agenda. To find out which G20 leader has the largest carbon footprint, we looked at 259 international flights taken in 2018 by 15 of the leaders for whom travel data was available. The frequency of each leader’s travel as well as the type of aircraft used had an impact on their level of emissions.

As Australia, Mexico, Indonesia and Switzerland refused to provide travel information, we only looked at the countries shown in the table below.

The King and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia did not undertake any state travel abroad between October 2017 and February 2019.


CO2 emissions
Total distance
travelled (miles)
Total distance
travelled (km)
CO2 emissions
(kg per km)
Shinzō Abe
Boeing 747-400 14.442.1 128,388 206,620 70
Donald Trump
Boeing 747-200B 11.487.3 81,392 130,988 88
Moon Jae-in
(South Korea)
Boeing 747 11.461.1 101,887 163,972 70
Xi Jinping
Boeing 747-400 8280.3 73,611 118,465 70
Emmanuel Macron
Airbus A330-200 7645.0 127,708 205,526 37
Wladimir Putin
Iljuschin II-96-300PU 7615.7 84,112 135,365 56
Narendra Modi
Boeing 777-300 7477.3 91,546 147,329 51
Angela Merkel
Airbus A340-300 7325.1 106,402 171,238 42
Giuseppe Conte
Airbus A340-500 6394.0 72,014 115,896 55
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Airbus A340 5087.7 76,711 123,454 41
Justin Trudeau
Boeing 737-800 3308.7 103,990 167,355 20
Theresa May
British Aerospace BAe 146 2277.6 70,580 113,587 20
Michel Temer
Airbus A319 1662.7 54,256 87,316 19
Mark Rutte
Fokker 70 1080.8 37,853 60,918 18
Mariano Rajoy /
Pedro Sanchéz
Falcon 900 985.3 109,278 175,855 5
Total 96530.6 1,319,727 2,123,895

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