SaxaVord appoints sustainability officer

SaxaVord UK Spaceport has appointed a Sustainability Officer to support the development of a cutting-edge sustainability strategy.

Sorcha Leavey, an Oxford University Earth Science graduate, who is based in Unst, said it was a very exciting time to be joining the SaxaVord team.

“The SaxaVord plans place the mitigation of environmental impacts front and centre, but I am enthusiastic about doing more,” she said.

“I think the spaceport in Unst can play a key role in achieving positive, long-lasting improvements to operations here on earth and in space.

“I am proud to be the sustainability officer and hope to ensure future generations are able to explore new space as well as present ones.”

The full-time, year-long post is supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Yvette Hopkins, SaxaVord Head of Innovation and Partnerships, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Sorcha has joined the team to support this critical aspect of our work. 

“She is already making a positive contribution as we look to develop an industry-leading approach to sustainability.”