Doncaster Sheffield airport is to build a £2 million solar farm as a way to reduce its carbon footprint and has also signed up to the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter.

The solar farm, which is expected to start operating next year, is expected to be able to generate 25 per cent of the airport’s energy – saving 220 tonnes of carbon per year.

The project is part of Doncaster Sheffield’s 20-year master plan which will see passenger traffic double over the next five years from this year’s expected total of 1.45 million travellers. The airport has already won public backing for its expansion plans.

The project was announced as aviation minister Baroness Vere visited the airport, which is part of the Peel Group.

She 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.”

The airport has also signed the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter which commits to “building a more balanced and fair industry for women”.

This follows on from the launch of the airport’s Bright Futures schools engagement programme, which aims to inspire children – particularly girls – to consider a career in the industry.

Robert Hough, chairman of Doncaster Sheffield airport, added:  “We are committed to our part in delivering the opportunity here around Doncaster Sheffield airport 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.”

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