The FAA Recently Rolled out Phase III of the CLEEN Program

  • What the CLEEN program is and what it stands for
  • What the CLEEN program means to the future of aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is rolling out Phase III of its Continuous Lower Energy Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program, working with stakeholders to decrease aviation’s effects on climate change. Among other things, Phase III of the CLEEN Program introduces new environmental goals, including reducing noise and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

The Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program is the FAA’s principal environmental effort to accelerate the development of new aircraft and engine technologies. Through the CLEEN Program, the FAA is a cost-sharing partner with industry. CLEEN projects develop technologies that will reduce noise, emissions, and fuel burn and enable the aviation industry to expedite integration of these technologies into current and future aircraft. CLEEN is a key element of the NextGen strategy to achieve environmental protection that allows for sustained aviation growth.

n 2010 the FAA initiated the first CLEEN Program, entering into five-year agreements with Boeing, General Electric (GE), Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney (P&W), and Rolls-Royce. These companies matched or exceeded the FAA funding in this cost-sharing program. Over the five-year period, the FAA invested a total of $125 million. With the funding match from the five companies, the total investment value exceeded $250 million.

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