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EASA & Clean Aviation enhance cooperation on research and innovation in Aviation

Memorandum of Cooperation to effectively support innovation and the EU industry competitiveness


BRUSSELS, October 7, 2022 – The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking are enhancing their cooperation to make it more strategic, effective and efficient.

EASA & CAJUClean Aviation is the European Union’s leading research and innovation programme for transforming aviation towards a sustainable and climate-neutral future. EASA and Clean Aviation will cooperate closely in the execution of Clean Aviation’s 20 daring new projects, officially adopted in September 2022. EASA representatives will play an active role in the main Clean Aviation bodies such as its Governing Board, the Technical Committee and the Scientific Advisory Body.

“The cooperation with Clean Aviation is a key milestone to achieve EASA’s strategic objective of building up and consolidating a resilient and performance-based regulatory framework to effectively support innovation and the EU industry competitiveness while maintaining high safety, security, health and environmental standards”, said Patrick Ky, EASA’s Executive Director.

“European aviation is at the forefront of progress towards climate-neutral aviation by 2050. However, to truly lead the way we must set new global standards for safe, reliable, affordable, and clean air transport and ensure a regulatory framework that can support an accelerated transformation. said Axel Krein, Executive Director of Clean Aviation. This collaboration between Clean Aviation and EASA will be an important step in advancing European research and innovation, ensuring a viable path towards market adoption, and bolstering our efforts to achieve this ambitious yet attainable goal”.

The scope of the new activities is laid out in a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) signed by the two parties in Brussels today. The cooperation covers aspects such as:

  • De-risking and demonstration of the feasibility of the new concepts and technologies implemented under the Clean Aviation programme
  • Evolution of industry standards
  • New certification methods and means of compliance for aircraft and systems designs
  • Evolution of the regulatory material in coordination with other regulators and ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization).

Another key element of this cooperation will be monitoring the impact of the Clean Aviation Programme to ensure its projects meet the environmental targets set to create the pathway towards a climate-neutral aviation system in line with the European Green Deal and EU Climate Law.

Organising knowledge sharing and dissemination events, in particular in the field of aviation safety, security, environmental protection, and promoting the newly set-up regulatory framework is yet another facet of the MoC.