Challenges under H2020

Adopted by EU member states on 3 December 2013, Horizon 2020 is Europe’s biggest-ever research and innovation programme with a budget of nearly €80 billion. It notes as one key societal challenge: smart, green and integrated transport. Horizon 2020 covers a critical period for Europe to quicken the pace of aeronautical innovation and reinforce its leading role in shaping the future of aviation. 

A continued JTI public-private partnership through Clean Sky 2 can deliver key outcomes:

  • Creating resource-efficient transport that respects the environment. Building on FP7 achievements (particularly within Clean Sky), aeronautical research and innovation in Horizon 2020 must complete its role towards achieving the ACARE 2020 targets. Three quarters will be achieved by the end of Clean Sky, with the JTI fully meeting its original goals. Beyond 2020, new efforts are needed to get within reach of the Flightpath 2050 targets of a 75% cut in CO2, 90% in NOx and a 65% noise reduction. Clean Sky 2 can facilitate the first steps on the way to these goals.
  • Ensuring safe and seamless mobility. Aviation provides invaluable time-efficient mobility. New concepts can aid the air transport system (ATS) in meeting evolving mobility needs of citizens: more efficient use of local airports, faster connections, and less congestion.
  • Building industrial leadership in Europe. Clean Sky 2 will help maintain highly skilled jobs in Europe. Besides traditional rivals, Europe now faces strong competitors in 'BRIC' countries. Clean Sky 2 will enable European industry to deliver the necessary innovations based on affordable and sustainable technologies. This will be supported by design tools and methods, programme and supply-chain management, and certification processes that will shorten time-to-market, decrease non-recurring costs, reduce risk, and create the global leadership essential for a sustainable industrial base.


These objectives will require both near-term solutions which can be implemented in the next generation of aircraft, and breakthrough innovations to address the longer term objectives – the air transport system from 2035 onward.

As technologies become more complex and interconnected, validation through demonstration is essential to enable industry to justify the substantial and increasing investment in new products. 

Clean Sky: enhancing and leveraging innovation capability across Europe's aeronautical sector, involving all actors across the full innovation chain