Clean Sky program to be extended

Fourteen European companies and research organizations involved in the Clean Sky research program have taken a major step towards extending this European Commission/Industry Joint Technology Initiative (JTI), in which Safran plays a lead role.

Partners signed a Letter of Intent at the recent ILA Berlin Air Show 2012 concerning the program extension, dubbed Clean Sky 2, that will run from 2014 to 2020.

Industry will team up with the European Commission in Clean Sky 2 to jointly invest 3.6 billion euros over the seven years of the program. Designed to support an environmentally-friendly air transport policy, Clean Sky 2 will enable Europe to continue the research needed to meet the objectives for 2050 set by ACARE (Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe), including a 75% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per passenger-kilometer.

"This Letter of Intent comes at a timely moment in our preparations for the European Union's upcoming framework program for research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, since it clearly reflects a commitment to undertake Clean Sky 2," said Andras Siegler, Director of the Transport Directorate, DG Research & Innovation at the European Commission.

Safran, a major partner in Clean Sky
Safran has been a major partner in the original Clean Sky program from the outset, and Marc Ventre, the Group's Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Operations, was chairman of the program's Governing Board for more than two years. Safran will continue to play a major role in the follow-on Clean Sky 2 program, in particular for research concerning aircraft engines and equipment.