Who are we?
Clean Sky is the most ambitious aeronautical research programme ever launched in Europe. A Public Private Partnership between the European Commission and the European aeronautics industry, Clean Sky coordinates research and innovation between industrial leaders, universities, research centres and SMEs.
The original Clean Sky 1 programme was launched in 2008 and runs until 2017.
Clean Sky 2 began in 2014 and continues until 2024, building on the original programme's achievements.
Clean Sky’s core mission is to develop breakthrough technologies to significantly increase the environmental performance of aircraft. Specific environmental aims are fourfold:
- to reduce fuel burn
- to lower CO2 emissions
- to mitigate external noise levels by up to 50%
- to reduce NOx emissions by up to 80% by 2020, compared to 2000 levels
Complementing environmental targets, Clean Sky also aims to contribute to European competitiveness and mobility, with the creation of sustainable growth and skilled employment in the air transport sector.
Our Values and Ethics
Clean Sky is committed to the highest level of quality in fulfilling its mission and tasks. Our values are defined in order to provide all CS2 actors with what should be the essence of their behaviour. The following 6 fundamental values are defined:
- Team spirit
- Shared enthusiasm
- Willingness to create economic and human value
- Responsiveness and speed of execution
Main elements of the ethical framework of the JU are
Code of Conduct
Prevention and management of Conflict of Interest
Zero tolerance of fraud - antifraud measures
- Antifraud Strategy of the Commission for the research sector
- Specific Antifraud Strategy of the CS2 JU
- CS2 JU Guidance on combatting fraud
- European Commission Antifraud Policy
- EU antifraud measures
- EDES - early detection and exclusion of beneficiaries
- CS2JU Whistleblowing procedure
- Fraud Notification System of OLAF
- H2020 Audit Strategy
- CS2 Guidance on risk based ex-ante controls
Clean Sky 1 comprises 7 project areas: 6 ITDs (Integrated Technology Demonstrators), each co-led by 2 industrial organisations and covering different segments of air transport; and the Technology Evaluator.
Clean Sky 2 comprises 9 project areas: 3 IADPs (Innovative Aircraft Demonstrator Platforms), 3 ITDs, 2 Transverse Activities, and the Technology Evaluator.
Clean Sky 1 had a budget of €1.6 billion:
- 50% from the European Commission (cash)
- 50% from the aeronautics industry (in-kind contributions), comprising:
- 50% from ITD Leaders
- up to 25% from Associates
- at least 25% from Partners
Clean Sky 2's budget is €4 billion:
- €1.8 billion from the European Commission (from the Horizon 2020 programme budget)
- €2.2 billion from industrial partners:
- €1 billion from additional activities not included in the JTI work plan but which support the achievements of its objectives