Airline gives £30,000 to renewable energy projects in net zero pledge

Macaulay College recieving their GreenSkies Community Fund cheque from CEO of Loganair Jonathan Hinkles.

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The UK’s largest regional airline, Loganair, has given £30,000 to local renewable energy projects as part of its Greenskies Community Fund.

The grants will allow six organisations to establish projects such as small-scale wind systems, solar panels, small-scale hydro power, and charging point stations for electric vehicles.

The airline announced the initiative last year in line with its GreenSkies environmental programme – Loganair’s commitment to achieving net zero by 2040.

Based on the Isle of Lewis, Macaulay College, a not-for-profit community interest company which supports adults and young people with additional social and educational requirements, is set to use the £5,000 grant from Loganair to invest in solar panels.

Other organisations set to benefit from the scheme include the Islay Development Initiative, a socio-environmental charity operating across Islay and Jura.

Loganair is looking to launch a further round of funding later this year.

Jonathan Hinkles, CEO, Loganair, said: ‘It is incredibly important to us that, along with our own efforts, we encourage and support organisations across the country to initiate their own renewables projects.’

Loganair’s GreenSkies programme was launched in July 2021 with the introduction of a mandatory £1 carbon offsetting charge levied on all flights, with the money invested in accredited offsetting schemes.