An eleven-acre solar farm is to be constructed on Edinburgh Airport’s airfield as the airport publishes its sustainability strategy, Greater Good. The announcement and strategy comes on the same day as the airport confirms carbon neutral status for emissions under its direct control, demonstrating its commitment to a more sustainable future. The solar farm, the first of its kind at a Scottish airport, will provide 26% of the airport’s energy needs and construction is due to begin later this year. The facility is expected to be operational next summer and has been supported by Scottish Government funding of £2 million. The project is one element of the airport’s new sustainability strategy, Greater Good, which sets out how the airport will work towards being more sustainable now and in the future. An important characteristic of the strategy is the fact that a sustainable future depends on not only reducing environmental impacts, such as carbon, but also how the airport manages and enhances its social and economic impacts The Greater Good strategy focuses on four key pillars to achieve a sustainable future for the airport
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The UK government has confirmed it is investigating allegations of forced labour in the global solar supply chain, but refused to state whether or not it would be shortly following the US in enacting import sanctions on specific upstream manufacturers in Xinjiang, China. The US Department of Commerce and US Customs and Border Protection revealed today that imports of metallurgical-grade silicon produced by Hoshine Silicon Industry – one of the world’s largest producers of raw polysilicon – alongside products using the raw material will be subject to a withhold and release order (WRO). Products imported to the US that can be traced to include polysilicon from Hoshine are to be detained at all US Ports of Entry immediately.
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