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‘CLEAN SKY’ JTI makes news at Paris Air Show

Speaking at the Paris Air Show on 20 June 2007, EU Research Commissioner Janez Poto─Źnik announced ambitious targets for aircraft emissions, part of the commission's campaign against climate change.

Janez Potocnik, Commissioner for Science and Research
Janez Potocnik, Commissioner
for Science and Research

The EU’s recently announced €1.6 billion public-private ‘CLEAN SKY’ Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) will help the air transport industry develop environmentally friendly technology for all flying segments.

In Paris, Commissioner Poto─Źnik said airline manufacturers should aim for a 40% cut in CO 2 emissions from present levels. This should be possible, he said, thanks to new CLEAN SKY technologies, by 2015.

In addition to the 40% cut in CO 2, the Commissioner said the European Union is aiming for a 60% cut in Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions and a 50% reduction in noise. The aviation industry currently accounts for 3% of annual greenhouse gas emissions.

The JTI concept is one of the major novelties of the Commission’s Seventh Research Framework Programme. This new instrument represents a clear decision to support research of long duration.

Led by industry and backed by the private sector, the JTIs will provide a significant level of support for research and will deliver innovative solutions in the area of transport. CLEAN SKY, for example, will create various technology demonstrators, including flight test vehicles that will be essential for successful market introduction.