Clean Aviation, the successor to the European aviation research programme Clean Sky, officially kicked off at the end of last year. MTU Aero Engines is not only contributing new key technologies but has also been awarded a seat on the Governing Board of the clean aviation joint undertaking, thus COO Lars Wagner will be representing the company.
“This appointment is a big success for MTU and it serves as a clear affirmation,” Wagner comments. “Like with the previous programme, Clean Sky, it gives us a chance to actively shape the direction the research programme takes.”
The Governing Board functions as the central decision-making body, with overall responsibility for strategic alignment and for carrying out all activities. Clean Aviation brings together 27 partners from industry, academia and the research sector to work on new technologies, all with the aim of making aviation climate-neutral by the year 2050. That means the new aid programme launched by the European Commission, which has billions of euros in funding, is advancing the world’s most ambitious research and innovation agenda aimed at sustainability in the aviation sector.