The airline is involved in a wide range of initiatives to manage and mitigate the environmental impact of flying including the introduction of a mandatory £1 carbon offsetting charge levied on all flights. The money is invested in accredited offsetting schemes certified to the highest international standards of Loganair’s net zero plan. These schemes include; the Albano Machado and Rio dos Índios projects and the Tambopata-Bahuaja biodiversity reserve in Peru.
However, Loganair recognises the importance of supporting local communities on their own path to Carbon Zero which is facilitated via the GreenSkies Community fund.
The fund will be released in three instalments of £10,000 with applicants able to access a maximum grant of £5,000 per project. The application deadline for the first installment is January 31 2022.
The initiative is open to communities and will help to establish renewable energy projects such as small-scale wind systems, solar panels, small-scale hydro power, and air source heat pumps. It is not available for funding research or feasibility studies.
Jonathan Hinkles, CEO, Loganair, said: “We’ve made our position clear. The transport industry as a whole has a duty to address and reduce emissions from every form of travel, and it’s our responsibility as the UK’s largest regional airline to lead the way.
“Our GreenSkies Community Fund will support local renewables projects that not only tackle carbon emissions but also benefit communities by providing power that reduces energy bills. As an airline we are involved in some incredibly exciting and innovative initiatives to decarbonise aviation and we hope our GreenSkies Community Fund will encourage the same pioneering spirit in communities across Scotland.”
Readers are reminded that the GreenSkies Community Fund is now open should you have a project you wish to apply for, but the deadline for the first instalment is approaching soon. Simply write in to Loganair and let them know about your proposed project and you could be awarded the grant. You can apply via our website at http://loganair.co.uk or via post to: Marketing – Loganair Limited, 9 Marchburn Drive, Glasgow Airport, Paisley PA3 2SJ – All applications must be received by January 31 2022.