General Information

The partnership aims to put aviation on route to climate neutrality by accelerating the development, integration, and validation of mainly disruptive research and innovation solutions, for deployment as soon as possible and to ensure that advancements in breakthrough technologies allow new ‘clean sheet’ aircraft developments by 2030, with maximum progress towards climate-neutral aviation. The partnership will aim to take decisive steps in new aircraft performance demonstrated and on offer to airlines and operators by 2030 and available by 2035. The focus will be on pursuing two pivotal aircraft demonstration efforts for the validation of selected technologies. Ultra-efficient short-medium range aircraft coupled with the use of sustainable aviation fuels, and hybrid electric regional aircraft together with optimised green trajectories and operations will deliver major steps and will accelerate the transition to low or zero carbon fuels. For the details of EPCA, please visit and examine EPCA SRIA (strategic research and innovation agenda).

  • 1.7 Billion Euro (EC Contribution) in total

Clean Aviation will build on the achievemets of the two successive Clean Sky Joint Undertakings, which have supported research and innovation in sustainable aviation technology since 2008 to significantly reduce CO2, NOx and noise emissions. Entering into force on 30 November 2021, Clean Aviation is the European Commission’s public-private partnership for climate-neutral aviation, under the umbrella of Horizon Europe.

Clean Aviation represents an ambitious research and innovation agenda for a sustainable aviation sector that contributes to the EU Green Deal and the EU’s Industrial Strategy.

It will be a vital stepping stone along Europe’s path towards becoming the first continent to reach climate neutrality by 2050.

Three main thrusts will form the pillars of the new European Partnership:

  • hybrid electric and full electric concepts,
  • ultra-efficient aircraft architectures, and
  • disruptive technologies to enable hydrogen-powered aircraft.

The unique approach of the Partnership – bringing together the best ideas and talent from industry, academia, research centres and SMEs – will ensure a vibrant and competitive research environment, transforming European aviation towards climate neutrality, supporting mobility goals and creating sustainable economic value.