Clean Sky & SESAR

  • May 22, 2017

Public Private Partnership (PPP) instruments:

CleanSky Joint Undertaking

Clean Sky’s core mission is to develop breakthrough technologies to significantly increase the environmental performance of aircraft. Specific environmental aims are fourfold:

- 50% reduction of CO2 emissions through drastic reduction of fuel consumption
- 80% reduction of NOx (nitrogen oxide) emissions
- 50% reduction of external noise
- A green product life cycle: design, manufacturing, maintenance and disposal / recycling

Complementing environmental targets, CleanSky also aims to contribute to European competitiveness and mobility, with the creation of sustainable growth and skilled employment in the air transport sector.

The original Clean Sky 1 programme was launched in 2008 and was  closed in March 2017. Its budget was 1.6 billion (50% from the EC, 50% from stakeholders).

Clean Sky 2 began in 2014 and continues until 2024, building on the original programme's achievements. Clean Sky 2's budget is €4 billion (1.755Bn€ from H2020 and 2.245 M€ from the private sector). 

Clean Sky activities include work on novel aircraft configuration and capabilities, advances in wings, aerodynamics and flight dynamics, breakthroughs in propulsion efficiency, aircraft non-propulsive energy and control systems, next generation cockpit systems and aircraft operations, optimal cabin and passenger environment, innovative structural/functional design and production system, eco-design. 

Its main achievements so far include the Open Rotor demonstrator, laminar wings, innovative rotor blades and a high compression engine for light helicopters, innovative ice detector sensors and advanced avionics systems.

ASD members are strongly involved as leaders and partners in the Cleansky Joint Undertaking (JU), committed to reaching the environmental objectives of the project.

Visit Clean Sky's website 

SESAR Joint Undertaking

Established in 2007 as a public-private partnership, the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) is responsible for the modernisation of the European air traffic management (ATM) system by coordinating and concentrating all ATM relevant research and innovation efforts in the EU.

As the technological pillar of the Single European Sky, SESAR aims to deliver benefits in several key areas, namely the environment, capacity, cost-efficiency, safety and predictability.

SESAR 2020 builds on its predecessor, SESAR 1, and runs until 2024 to deliver high-performing operational and technological solutions for uptake by the aviation industry. With a budget of €1.6 billion (585M€ from H2020, 10M€ from CEF, 1,3M€ of assigned revenues, plus the 1.003M€ contribution from the private sector, amounting to a total budget of 1,6Bn€), SESAR 2020 supports projects to deliver solutions in four key areas: airport operations, network operations, air traffic services and technology enablers.

The main SESAR achievements so far include the world’s first flight in four dimensions (3D + time), remote tower services, free routing to reduce flight and fuel emissions, and seamless information interchange between all providers and users of ATM information.

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More Information
Armande Cocquerez
Research & Technology Manager
Benjamyn Scott
New Technologies Manager