Aerospace companies and the European Commission will jointly invest EUR3.6 billion in a seven-year extension of the Clean Sky air transport research program that now aims to cut CO2 emissions by 75% by 2050.

Airbus and 13 other companies signed up to cooperate on the second stage of the EC’s Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative. Clean Sky 2 will run from 2014 to 2020.

The program will build a bridge towards the targets of ‘Flightpath 2050’ and the new ACARE Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda that was published here at the ILA Berlin Air Show.

Airbus is currently playing a leading role with its partners in the seven-year Clean Sky 1 program. Its key contribution will be the advanced laminar flow “Smart-Fixed-Wing” Airbus A340 demonstrator.

Charles Champion, Chairman of the Clean Sky governing board and EVP of Engineering at Airbus said Clean Sky will contribute new environmentally-friendly technologies and also reinforce the competitiveness of Europe’s aeronautics sector. “Together with other major European aerospace companies in Clean Sky 2, Airbus will help to radically improve air transport’s environmental impact through step change technologies and solutions to further reduce fuel consumption, emissions and noise.”