The Clean Sky initiative will help measure the progress made by various European programs. Safran plays a pivotal role in Clean Sky, a European program that aims to identify and develop the new technologies needed to make air transport more environmentally-friendly in the future.
Launched in 2008 and running through 2013, Clean Sky is a Joint Technology Initiative (JTI), equally funded by industry and the European Commission, which are each contributing 800 million euros. Clean Sky will help industry meet the ambitious environmental goals set by the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (Acare), while also establishing an eco-friendly product lifecycle. The lifecycle spans all stages, from design, production and operation (including maintenance), to end-of-life and recycling.
Partners signed a Letter of Intent at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2012 concerning the program extension, dubbed Clean Sky 2 that will run from 2014 to 2020.
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. 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.
Clean Sky is based on six major Integrated Technology Demonstrators (ITD), and Safran plays an active role in each one.
Three ITDs target specific types of aircraft:
- Smart fixed-wing aircraft.
- Green regional aircraft.
- Green rotorcraft. The other three ITDs apply to all types of aircraft:
- Sustainable and green engines, co-directed by Safran.
- Green systems for operation.