TOPIC: MG-1.2-2015 Enhancing resource efficiency of aviation
SCOPE: The proposed research and innovation actions could target the reduction of emissions and noise at the source, i.e. accelerating the development of green technologies for the aircraft and its engines, including the impact of the use of alternative and more sustainable energy sources than those currently used. Research and innovation could also target new approaches to an environmentally friendly overall aircraft lifecycle which require the insertion of the environmental concern in all the successive phases: design, production, assembly, maintenance, overhaul, repair, retrofit, recycling and disposal. Finally, research and innovation could target greener ground operations, technologies and procedures, including the integration of larger quantities of sustainable fuels and better use of power from the terminal. The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 5 to 8 million each would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting smaller or larger amounts
EXPECTED IMPACT: Actions will demonstrate in a quantified manner their potential to mature the Technology Readiness Level (TRL), in the range of 1-6, of technologies and concepts that can make a significant contribution towards one or several of the following high level goals:
- To reduce CO2 by 75%, NOx and particles by 90% (per passenger and per kilometre), perceived noise by 65% in 2050 (baseline year 2000), to reduce the emission of local atmospheric pollutants.
- To contribute to reduce the impact of Europe’s air transport operations on the environment.
- To produce by 2050 competitive air vehicles that are designed and manufactured in a resource efficient way and are recyclable.
Actions will also provide ad-hoc indicators to measure the expected progress in terms of, for example, reduction of CO2, NOx, noise, sustainability criteria, etc. when comparing the situation before the start of the action and after the implementation of its results.