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Published on Friday, June 11, 2021

Loganair commits to carbon neutrality by 2040

Loganair has announced the 'GreenSkies' environmental programme as it pledges to become fully carbon neutral by 2040.

It says it will become the first UK regional airline to make such a commitment to mitigate its environmental impact of flying.

The GreenSkies initiative comprises carbon offsets to remove the same amount of carbon from the environment that is generated from each and every Loganair flight.

At the same time, the airline is tackling the long-term goal of introducing sustainable aircraft into its fleet - with live trials taking place in the Orkney Islands this summer on developmental aircraft powered by hydrogen and renewable electricity.

The new carbon offset programme will launch from 1 July, and becomes the first of its kind in the UK to directly relate the cost of flying to its environmental impact.

A £1 carbon offset charge will be included in the ticket price for every customer's flight from summer 2021. 

Funds raised through the GreenSkies charge will be invested in projects across the world to remove the same amount of carbon from the atmosphere as is generated by Loganair flights.

These include reforestation projects and wind farms.

Later this year, Loganair will also establish a new fund to provide grants to help with the cost of establishing renewable energy projects.

Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: "We are proud to be the first UK regional airline to set ambitious goals for a carbon-neutral future. The entire transport industry has a huge task ahead to address and reduce emissions from every form of travel."

Flight trials of the ZeroAvia and Ampaire hydrogen and  electric powered aircraft programmes are scheduled for this summer in the Orkney Islands - operating the same routes as Loganair's inter-isles air services

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