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Clean Sky ready to fly

ASD warmly welcomes today's final approval of the regulation creating the Clean Sky JTI (Joint Technology Initiative), which will accelerate the introduction of new, radically greener technologies in new generation aircraft.

The Clean Sky's JTI research programme, including regulatory framework and its Joint Undertaking statutes, was today formally adopted by the Council of Ministers following on from the positive vote at the European Parliament, on 11 December.

Clean Sky initiative is the largest European research project ever and will run over a seven year period (7 th Framework Programme) with a total budget of 1,6 billion euros contributed equally by the European Commission and industry. Clean Sky will be a major contributor to meet by 2020 environmental goals set up by ACARE (Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe): 50% reduction of CO2 emissions, 80% reduction of NOx emissions (Nitrogen Oxides), 50% reduction of external noise and a green product life cycle.

Clean Sky aims to develop cleaner and quieter aircraft in order to establish an innovative and competitive Air Transport System. It will be built upon 6 different technical areas called Integrated Technology Demonstrators (ITDs): SMART fixed wing aircraft; green regional aircraft; green rotorcraft; sustainable and green engines; systems for green operations; eco-design. Clean Sky will assess, design, build and test many technological validation vehicles that will give the industry greener, more innovative aviation products. Technology breakthroughs are hoped for in time for major fleet renewals in the timeframe 2015–2025.

"Clean Sky JTI adoption is very good news and is the result of the personal commitment of Commissioner Poto?nik and a clear political will of the Member States and the European Parliament, which I whole heartedly endorse. It is a major initiative that will deliver innovative technologies and solutions leading to a significant reduction in aircraft fuel consumption, noxious emissions and noise" said Ake Svensson, Saab CEO and ASD President. "The aeronautics industry is committed to helping society develop an effective response to the challenge of climate change. Clean Sky is the biggest Public Private Partnership ever to enable the aeronautics sector address increasing public concern about the environment", he concluded.

Clean Sky founding members come from across the aeronautics sector, representing 86 organisations in 16 countries, and include the European Commission. Along the programme time span, Clean Sky will offer opportunities to the entire supply chain from all Member States and Associated countries and encourage the participation of SME to ensure their full involvement.

"Today's adoption of Clean Sky JTI is a great achievement for our industry which has been intensively working on this key project for more than two years" said François Gayet, ASD Secretary General. "Our next challenge is now to bring the programme up to full speed as quickly as possible" he added.

On the 5 th of February, the Clean Sky Take Off will be marked by a one day forum and a press conference in Brussels with high level industry and European Commission representation. More information can be found at www.cleansky.eu

Press release issued by AeroSpace & Defence Industries Associations of Europe on December 20, 2007


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