NEWCASTLE International Airport has today announced plans to submit a planning application for a solar farm on airport land and has launched a public information process to gather feedback on the proposals.
In January 2020 the airport released an ambitious roadmap to become a net zero emissions business by 2035, ahead of the majority of airports across Europe which have plans to become net zero before 2050.
Along with procuring a new fleet of electric vehicles, shifting to new technologies and working with stakeholders to reduce their emissions, the ability to generate renewable energy was identified as critical to achieving the airport’s 2035 goal.
A consultation is now open for local residents and stakeholders to provide their feedback on the solar farm proposals before they are submitted to Newcastle City Council as a planning application.
If approved, the solar farm will be built in four phases between 2022 and 2035 to support the airport now and in the future.
Located on airport land at the eastern end of the runway, the farm will be capable of…