Doncaster Sheffield Airport reveals plan for solar farm

Doncaster Sheffield Airport has revealed plans for a £2m solar farm that will self-generate about 25 per cent of its energy in a pledge to reduce carbon emissions and make the surrounding area greener.

The facility is due to be operational in 2020 and will provide 1.7 MWp of zero carbon energy, saving 220 tonnes of carbon every year – the equivalent of boiling 2.2m kettles every year.

Aviation minister Baroness Vere said: “To bring about real change in transport, we need to do things differently. From decreasing carbon emissions at airports to increasing female representation, the aviation industry is acting now to safeguard our future.

“Today’s investment shows that airports are finding practical ways to become cleaner and greener, and Doncaster Sheffield’s commitment to the women in aviation charter is another vote of confidence in our work to build a fairer sector for all.”

Robert Hough, chairman of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, added: “We are pleased that the aviation minister recognises our position as a key part of the solution for the UK’s aviation needs and as a growth driver for the economy. We are committed to our part in delivering the opportunity here around DSA which with the right support from government can start making an impact on people in the North lives now, not years away.

“Our other announcements made today are vitally important for our sustainable future, reducing our carbon emissions alongside our airlines and further committing to women in aviation – both crucial for the long term and central to our values.”

Sheffield city council has launched the Clean Air Sheffield campaign with a promise that by 2021, vehicles in the city will be ultra-low emission.

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