Environmental Impact of Queen's First Trip to the US in 16 Years to be Offset
QUEEN ELIZABETH II
For the first time ever the environmental impact of an official royal trip by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was measured and is being offset.
The Queen is in the US on her first official visit in 16 years with her husband Price Philip to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Jamestown.
British taxpayers will pay roughly $22,000 to offset the Queen's travel on a Boeing 777-200ER with an entourage of 35 and roughly 3 tons of luggage.
ABC News calculated her transatlantic flight and side trips would produce 409 tons of carbon dioxide.
The Toronto Star reported the Queen will make a payment to a reforestation project, or research into carbon-neutral forms of energy generation, or an environmental project in a developing country, the palace says.