Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) has unveiled plans to construct a £2m solar farm aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

The solar farm is expected to open in 2020 and is estimated to generate 25% of the airport’s energy, saving 220t of carbon per year.

Aviation Minister Baroness Vere visited the airport to hear news of the solar farm development, which forms part of DSA’s 20-year masterplan. It includes a forecast of 4.7m passengers and 70,000t of cargo per year with the creation of an aerotropolis.

Passenger numbers for DSA are expected to increase to 1.45m in 2019 and double within the next five years.

DSA has also signed up to the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter in order to build a more balanced and fair industry for women.

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.

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“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.”

DSA is claimed to have launched the highest number of new routes at any airport in the UK since August 2018, including long-haul to Florida, Budapest, and Krakow. It is also expecting another record year for cargo.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) is part of Peel Airports. To date, the airport has seen £300m of investment from the Peel Group. Over 100 businesses are situated on the airport’s wider Aero Centre Yorkshire site.

The Peel Group said it plans to see an East Coast Mainline link for the airport within the next five years, which it said will turbocharge growth in the region.