Market challenges

Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA)

The Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe (ACARE) has defined ambitious goals for air traffic, which are published in its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). The SRIA provides a roadmap to achieve the objectives addressed by the ACARE 2020 (short-term) and Flightpath 2050 (long-term) visions, and has added a third timescale for targets to be achieved by 2035 (medium-term).

Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) key figures

Fuel burn-43%-60%-75%
CO2 emissions-43%-60%-75%
NOx emissions-80%-84%-90%

(per passenger kilometer, figures relative to the year 2000 baseline)

The major part of the improvements in NOx and noise emissions will have to come from the engine. The target values for reductions in aircraft engine fuel burn and in CO2 emissions laid out by the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) are as follows:

  • -20 percent by 2020,
  • -30 percent by 2035 and
  • over -40 percent by 2050.

Alongside these environmental targets, ACARE also addresses key elements necessary for promoting competitiveness in the aviation industry.

Successful development

In the early 1990s, the average fuel consumption of aircraft was around 6 liters per 100 passenger kilometers. Today, the A380 burns as little as 2.9 liters. With the low-pressure turbine it supplies for the aircraft's GP7000 engine MTU is making a substantial contribution towards this reduction. With Claire and other initiatives to achieve the ACARE 2020 and IATA targets the company will persistently continue along this road.

Claire, MTU's technology agenda