In research, size matters. With an impressive budget of 4bn Euros, Clean Sky is the largest European research programme that strives to significantly reduce aircraft emissions and noise levels. Having just entered in its second phase – Clean Sky 2, or CS2 – the programme has already produced some astonishing results.
The EU is now at work planning its next multiyear research initiative. The proposed Clean Sky 3, still to be defined, would be part of the next EU research framework program, FP9, which is to begin in 2021. Given the crucial role of Clean Sky in facilitating cutting-edge innovations that significantly reduce the environmental impact of aviation, Airbus recommends that the next phase of the programme be even more ambitious, with a special focus on electrification and digitalisation.