Twenty-three Aeronautics Industry leaders, Research Organisations and University Associations
across Europe signed today a Joint Declaration of European Aviation Research Stakeholders Related
to Clean Aviation in Horizon Europe, to express their strong commitment to a future European
partnership that can lead the way towards a deep decarbonisation of aviation by 2050. The
partnership should build on the progress made under the Clean Sky programmes, and develop furtherreaching innovations and concrete roadmaps for their implementation in a new breed of aircraft from
2030 and beyond.
Signatory parties included Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury, Safran CEO Philippe Petitcolin, Rolls-Royce
CEO Warren East and Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo.
The Joint Declaration signed today acknowledgesthat the Paris Agreement goals with respect to limiting
climate change will require a strong and urgent response from the aviation sector in terms of a reduction
of its emissions contributing to global warming, in particular CO2.
The Signatory Organisations commit to:
Develop and foster a shared vision for the Partnership that recognises the scale and the urgency of
the challenge of a deep decarbonisation of aviation, as well as of all emissions type significant
reduction by 2050, while ensuring the safety, security, European leadership and competitiveness of
the European aviation sector and the sustained societal value it provides;
Commonly and collectively, together with the European Commission, work on the programming for
the Partnership and to complete a technical roadmap by the end of 2019, building on technologies
developed and matured under the previous Clean Sky partnership activities and other research
initiatives to date, and expanding into new technology frontiers where needed;
Support a Clean Aviation partnership with the most competent and committed partners within the
current Clean Sky community and beyond in an open and competitive scheme on the basis of
excellence; enabling the boundaries of technology to be expanded;
Allocate the required efforts, in a balanced way, to achieve the goals to be set for the Partnership;
Support the coordination with National and Regional Innovation programmes and other EU
instruments to achieve important synergies and maximum efficiencies.
The Joint Declaration was handed over to Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General for Research and
Innovation, European Commission, at the event today.
The Signatory Organisations call upon the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of
the EU to (1) ensure a timely finalisation and adoption of the regulatory framework for the Partnership
with suitable lean and efficient operating principles, and (2) to allocate and sustain ambitious funding in
order to be able to develop, mature and demonstrate the required technologies needed to meet the
challenges to be set, including adequate and suitable funding and mechanisms for exploratory upstream