Northern Isles parliamentarians welcome Loganair commitment to go carbon neutral by 2040


Northern Isles parliamentarians have welcomed an announcement from Loganair who are set to launch an environmental programme that commits the airline to being fully carbon neutral by 2040. 

Northern Isles parliamentarians have welcomed an announcement from Loganair who are set to launch an environmental programme that commits the airline to being fully carbon neutral by 2040. 

The 'GreenSkies' initiative, set to be launched from 1 July 2021, will be the first of its kind in the UK to directly relate the cost of flying to environmental impact. As part of the initiative, the airline is set to introduce sustainable aircraft into its fleet with live trials taking place in Orkney this summer on developmental aircraft powered by hydrogen and renewable electricity.  

A £1 Carbon Offset charge will also be launched this summer to the ticket price of every customer’s flight. Funds generated from 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. The move will make Loganair the first regional airline in the UK to make such a charge mandatory. 

Commenting on the announcement Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, said:

"Scotland has set ambitious targets for cutting harmful emissions over the next two decades. These can only be achieved if sectors such as aviation play their part.

“So I congratulate Loganair on its commitment to becoming a carbon neutral airline, including its involvement in trails of hydrogen and electrically powered aircraft in Orkney this summer. It’s yet another example of how our islands is at the forefront of innovation in this area.

Shetland's MSP, Ms Wishart, said:

"This is great news from Loganair and I congratulate them on this project. I hope that we will see other operators make similar commitments soon.

"Islanders know that air travel in the Northern Isles is not a luxury but a lifeline service, but the climate emergency requires change in the industry. This innovation can be a model for export as Scotland hosts COP26 this year."

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, added:

"Whatever the future holds there will always be a need for lifeline flight connections for the isles – measures to put those flights on an environmentally-sustainable footing are absolutely worth exploring on that basis. 

"We have to ensure that isles transport remains reliable and accessible for those who need it in the years to come, even as we work to cut emissions and promote green innovation.

"Today’s announcement is further evidence that aviation can be part of the solution when it comes to climate change – we need the UK and Scottish governments to do their part so that everyone can benefit.”


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