PAS19: A breath of fresh air – Clean Sky 2

Aeronautical leaders, research organisations and university associations across Europe signed a Joint Declaration of European Aviation Research Stakeholders Related to Clean Aviation in Horizon Europe, to express their commitment to a future European partnership that can lead the way towards a deep decarbonisation of aviation by 2050. The partnership will build on the progress established under the Clean Sky programmes and develop and introduce innovative ideas to develop a new breed of aircraft from 2030 and beyond.

Signatory parties included Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury, Safran CEO Philippe Petitcolin, Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East and Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo.

The Joint Declaration signed on June 19, acknowledges that the Paris Agreement goals with respect to limiting climate change will require a strong and urgent response from the aviation sector in terms of a reduction of its emissions contributing to global warming, CO2.

The Signatory Organisations commit to:

  • Develop and foster a shared vision for the Partnership that recognises the scale and the urgency of the challenge of a deep decarbonisation of aviation, as well as of all emissions type significant reduction by 2050, while ensuring the safety, security, European leadership and competitiveness of the European aviation sector and the sustained societal value it provides;
  • Commonly and collectively, together with the European Commission, work on the programming for the Partnership and to complete a technical roadmap by the end of 2019, building on technologies developed and matured under the previous Clean Sky partnership activities and other research initiatives to date, and expanding into new technology frontiers where needed;
  • Support a Clean Aviation partnership with the most competent and committed partners within the current Clean Sky community and beyond in an open and competitive scheme based on excellence; enabling the boundaries of technology to be expanded;
  • Allocate the required efforts, in a balanced way, to achieve the goals to be set for the Partnership;
  • Support the coordination with National and Regional Innovation programmes and other EU instruments to achieve important synergies and maximum efficiencies.

The Joint Declaration was handed over to Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission, at PAS19 yesterday.

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