An article at bbc.co.uk speculates on the implications of David Beckham’s recent rehabilitation as an England soccer player. Let’s assume Beckham retains his place in the side for the remaining European qualifying matches and the 2008 Finals. Once he makes his move to California to play for LA Galaxy, his England commitments alone will require him to make 9 return air trips to London, totalling in the region of 100,000 miles. The emissions from this long-distance commuting come to around 17.5 tonnes of CO2.
You may say this is insignificant in the wider scheme of things. I say it’s unacceptable to generate 3.5 times the average annual CO2 emissions for 11 soccer games. This is a real ‘up yours’ to organisations like the One Tonners, who are beavering away to show that it’s possible to reduce personal emissions by 80% in the UK without impacting your standard of living.