Mission & Objectives

The Clean Sky JTI is one of the largest European research programme ever, with a budget estimated at €1.6 billion, equally shared between the European Commission and industry, over the period 2008 - 2013. The objective of this unique public-private partnership is to speed up technological breakthrough developments and shorten the time to market for new solutions tested on Full Scale Demonstrators.
Speeding up new, greener design is essential to protect our environment. It should be kept in mind that aircraft have a 30-year service life, and that new aviation design takes more than a decade to develop. The accelerated research process that Clean Sky offers represents an unprecedented opportunity for rapid progress in the introduction of green technology into aviation.

Clean Sky will demonstrate and validate the technology breakthroughs that are necessary to make major steps towards the environmental goals sets by ACARE - Advisory Concil for Aeronautics Research in Europe - the European Technology Platform for Aeronautics & Air Transport and to be reached in 2020:

  • 50% reduction of CO2 emissions through drastic reduction of fuel consumption
  • 80% reduction of NOx (nitrogen oxide) emissions
  • 50% reduction of external noise
  • A green product life cycle: design, manufacturing, maintenance and disposal / recycling


Clean Sky will encourage the participation of SMEs to ensure their full involvement in the programme, therefore offering opportunities to the entire aeronautic supply chain from all EU Member States and Associated countries.


From ACARE goals to Technology Domains

In order to address the ACARE environmental objectives, a number of technology domains have been defined and will constitute the scope of the Clean Sky programme.

From Technology Domains to Integrated Technology Demonstrators

All those technology domains have been integrated within Clean Sky into 6 Demonstrators, the ITDs (Integrated Technology Demonstrators) and one Technology Evaluator.