Public-Private Partnerships Set to Speed Up Green Aviation Developments.

The European Commission has recently launched the European Partnership for Clean Aviation, a public-private partnership aimed at furthering sustainable aviation developments and aiding the EU towards its climate objectives.


Specifically, the Clean Aviation scheme, which is broken down into three thematic “thrusts”, will help develop technologies and de-risk the commercialisation of solutions with regards to hybrid-electric regional aircraft, ultra-efficient short and short-medium range aircraft, and disruptive technologies which will enable hydrogen-powered aircraft.


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To meet its objectives, the Clean Aviation programme will receive at least €1.7 billion from the European Commission, and private members have pledged to provide financial contributions and contributions in-kind valued worth over €2.4 billion.


Across the channel, the UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) has recently unveiled a concept for a zero-emissions aircraft capable of long-haul routes. The aeroplane, developed by experts working on the UK Government-funded FlyZero project, could carry up to 279 passengers and would be powered by green liquid hydrogen which emits no CO2 when burned.  


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Speaking about the ATI concept, UK Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng noted the benefits of public-private partnerships:


“These designs could define the future of aerospace and aviation. By working with industry, we are showing that truly carbon free flight could be possible, with hydrogen a front runner to replace conventional fossil fuels.”


What are your thoughts on the Clean Aviation Programme and ATI’s concept? Are public-private-partnerships the best way to fund advances in aviation technology?  Let us know in the comments. 


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