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An internal audit of the United Nations environment chief’s travel found Erik Solheim racked up a massive carbon footprint and airline tab from his “extensive travel patterns” in past years.
Auditors faulted Solheim for “having no regard for abiding by the set regulations and rules,” and showed the UN Environment Program head claimed unjustified travel expenses, according to a leaked draft obtained by The Guardian.
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The leaked draft report found Solheim traveled for 529 out of 668 days audited. That travel cost more than $488,000 over two years, according to the report, which said the UN chief had “no regard for abiding by the set regulations and rules.”
In one instance, Solheim took a weekend trip from the U.S. to Paris and back. Auditors said the UN environment office “did not have policies and incentives for staff to reduce their carbon emissions,” The Guardian reported.
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“The extensive travel patterns of [Solheim] did not set an example for the rest of the staff to follow,” reads the audit. “Such extensive travel therefore presents a reputation risk to the organization, especially [given] that Unep is supposed to be the lead on sustainable environment matters.”
Solheim is a major proponent of green energy and “sustainable development.” The UN official regularly tweets about the...
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