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Loganair Provides Lift-Off for Unst EV Charging

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Airline grants £4,000 to help Glansin Glass Visitor Centre’s renewables plans

Loganair, the UK’s largest regional airline, has awarded £4,000 to Glansin Glass Visitor Centre as part of its groundbreaking GreenSkies Community Fund.

The funding will enable the visitor destination, located in Unst, Shetland, to install EV charging.

The technology, which will enable the centre to operate an electric vehicle as its company car, will also be available to tourists and the local community.

Local living costs – especially fuel costs – are among the highest in Scotland because of Unst’s location as the most northerly isle in the UK.

The Glansin Glass Visitor Centre opened in May 2021, as part of Glansin Glass.

The business is operated by artist Cheryl Jamieson who is renowned for her unique handcrafted glassware, all inspired by Shetland, including jewellery, tableware and art pieces.

The centre allows visitors to view Cheryl at work, buy her products and even have a go at making their own glass creations.

Cheryl Jamieson, founder, Glansin Glass, said:

“Loganair’s funding is a great boost for the visitor centre.

“Installing EV charging will support our sustainability ambitions and offer visitors the chance to charge their vehicles.

“It will also help reduce costs for the business and the community.

“Shetland is the inspiration for my work, but it is very expensive to live here.”

Luke Lovegrove, Chief Commercial Officer, Loganair, said:

“Many congratulations to the Glansin Glass Visitor Centre on its well-deserved GreenSkies Community Fund grant.

“The centre is an important asset for Unst, creating a unique visitor destination and raising the profile of this beautiful isle.

“As an airline focused on providing connectivity to some of the most remote areas of the UK, especially in Scotland, it is very rewarding to be supporting local tourism and helping the community to tackle fossil fuel consumption and reduce their bills.”

In total, just over £27,500 was awarded by Loganair’s GreenSkies Community Fund to six local organisations spanning the length and breadth of the UK from Glansin Glass to a wildlife park on Isle of Man and a museum promoting the New Forest on the English south coast.

The latest investment brings the total amount Loganair has granted through the scheme to £57,500 to date.

Loganair’s GreenSkies programme was launched in July 2021 with the introduction of a small mandatory carbon offsetting charge levied on all flights, with the money invested in accredited offsetting schemes.

The airline is involved in a wide range of additional initiatives to manage and mitigate the environmental impact of flying and is the only UK regional carrier participating in the UK Government’s “Jet Zero Council” initiative to de-carbonise air travel.

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