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Source: Federal Ministry for economic Affairs and energy

18.02.2020 – press release – aviation and space travel


On February 17, 2020, the European Commission approved the federal government’s civil aviation research program (LuFo for short) in accordance with EU state aid rules until 2026, and the EU Commission concluded that LuFo would also be in line with the future the EU state aid rules. This clears the way for the promotion of innovative research and development projects in the aerospace industry.Thomas Jarzombek, coordinator of the Federal Government for Aerospace: “A powerful and innovative aerospace industry is of strategic importance for Germany as a high-tech location, and is therefore of great importance Importance as a top and key industry. The vast majority of subsidies are already being used today for technologies with direct and indirect environmental and climate references, for example for electric and hybrid-electric flying. We want to further expand this under the new notification with LuFo. ”In view of the increasing number of passengers worldwide and progressive climate change on the other hand, technological solutions are urgently needed to achieve low-emission flying in the short term and the goal of climate-neutral aviation in the medium term. The current approval of the aeronautical research program by the European Commission ensures the international competitiveness of the aerospace industry in Germany and Europe as well as the necessary reliable framework conditions for research and innovation in the coming years. ”With LuFo, the Federal Government has been promoting (collaborative) projects by industry and SMEs since 1995 , Major research institutions and universities in all fields of aviation. The program is currently endowed with around 172 million euros for 2020. In addition, there are 15 million euros a year from the German government’s energy and climate fund, which are used directly for the development of new, electric and electric-hybrid drive systems. This makes LuFo one of the most important sector-specific research programs of the German government with a clear focus on climate protection. The high level of interest in this is documented by the triple oversubscription of the program – despite the increase in the current funding call LuFo VI-1. With LuFo, the BMWi supports the “Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda” (SRIA) of the “Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation” in Europe ”(ACARE) by the EU Commission with the aim of reducing the fuel consumption of new aircraft by 75 percent, CO2 emissions by 75 percent, NOx emissions by 90 percent and perceived noise by 65 percent by 2050. LuFo projects thus contribute to harnessing synergies with the European partnership for the aeronautical research Clean Sky. The huge challenge of making aviation climate-neutral can only be met through a common and complementary approach within Europe.


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