Loganair launches £30,000 community renewable energy fund
Loganair has introduced a new £30,000 community grant scheme dedicated to supporting local renewable energy projects across Scotland.
The Greenskies Community Fund will be released in three instalments of £10,000 with applicants able to access a maximum grant of £5,000 per project.
The initiative is open to communities across Scotland and will help to establish renewable energy projects such as small-scale wind systems, solar panels, small-scale hydropower, 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.”
Loganair is involved in a wide range of initiatives to manage and mitigate the environmental impact of flying. The fund is the latest stage of Loganair’s Greenskies environmental programme, launched in July 2021 as part of its commitment to become fully carbon neutral by 2040.
The programme includes 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.
For the first phase of Greenskies, Loganair purchased credits from the Albano Machado and Rio dos Índios projects. Based in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil both schemes are small scale hydro plants which displace fossil fuel energy production in the national grid. The project is certified by the UN under the CDM.
Additionally, Loganair purchased credits from the Tambopata-Bahuaja biodiversity reserve in Peru, a scheme that is locally run and intended to protect and preserve the rainforest and its biodiversity.
The scheme works by helping local farmers transition to high value cocoa production on the fringes of the rain forest, creating an economic and environmental buffer zone and halting deforestation in this area. The scheme is certified to the VCS standard and has restored over 4,000 hectares and planted over one million trees, protected far more and sustained hundreds of local agriculture jobs.