Doncaster Sheffield airport is to build a £2million solar farm to help slash emissions.

The airport says the investment in the farm will generate 25% of the airport’s energy and drastically reduce its carbon footprint.

The solar farm is due to open 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.

The development is a part of the airport’s 20-year masterplan which predicts passenger numbers will double from 1.45m this year to 3m in the next five years.

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The aviation minister Baroness Vere visited Doncaster Sheffield airport as it announced the plans.

The airport also signed up to the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter which makes a commitment to building a more balanced and fair industry for women.

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.”

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