While it continues to work on projects to reduce its emissions, the Scottish carrier has pledged to fully offset in the interim period
The UK’s largest regional, Loganair, has launched its “GreenSkies” environmental programme as it commits to becoming fully carbon neutral by 2040.
The initiative encompasses an immediate programme of carbon offsets to remove the same amount of carbon from the environment as that generated from each flight.
Launching on July 1, the scheme involves a £1 charge included in the ticket price for every customer’s flight. The operators says that by using the collective power of its passengers, carbon-neutral flying can be achieved through the offset programme.
Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair chief executive, said: “We are extremely proud to be the first UK regional airline to set ambitious goals for a carbon-neutral future. The entire transport industry has a huge task ahead 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.
“The technology required to deliver zero-carbon regional flights is still under development and testing today, and these are programmes in which we’re pleased to be taking an active role. Until they’re ready for use more widely though, we’ll be mitigating the carbon emissions from every Loganair flight through the new offset programme and taking all of the steps that we safely and reasonably can to reduce those carbon emissions in the first place.”
Loganair is the only UK regional airline invited to participate in the UK Government’s “Jet Zero Council” initiative – launched by the Prime Minister last summer – to de-carbonise air travel. Its involvement recognises a significant programme that has now been ongoing for almost three years to enhance the airline’s environmental performance and work on projects to de-carbonise flying.