Hamburg Aviation Green

Flying to an emission-free future

Hamburg, as a centre of aviation, is a success story. Over the last 30 years, our metropolitan region has risen to become one of the top 3 competence centres for the civilian aerospace industry worldwide. But things cannot just continue to be as they have been in the past.

Even before this rupture of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was already clear: To some extent, our industry is going to have to reinvent itself in order to play its part in fighting climate change.

The Hamburg Aviation Green initiative bundles the aviation cluster’s measures, events, and projects related to the vision of making emission-free aviation a reality.

Hamburg Aviation Green taxied to the runway in January 2021. We will soon be updating this page with further information on specific projects and workstreams in the aerospace cluster.

Dr. Christian Scherhag - cc-by Hamburg Aviation
Dr. Christian Scherhag
Head of International Affairs

Green Aviation Technology Roadmap

Under the leadership of the Clean Sky Joint Undertaking, the European Union has defined a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA): Clean Aviation. On this basis, the Hamburg Aviation aerospace cluster, working together with a total of 90 peeople from industry, universities, research institutes and trade associations, has produced a technology roadmap for the period up until 2030. The technological requirements of the SRIA were superimposed on the commercial, technical, and scientific constraints of the aviation cluster in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.

In July 2020, the “Green Aviation Technology Roadmap” for Hamburg was finalised. This agenda identifies contributions for Hamburg to make to sustainable aviation: integration of fuel cell systems in aircraft, hydrogen storage, and fuelling processes. Illustrated with the aid of a demonstrator concept for Hamburg as a centre of aviation, it specifies the provision of green hydrogen, fuelling and ground processes, fuel cell technology, and technologies to transform, store, and use electrical energy in an aircraft.

The agenda is to be used as a guideline for the coordination of regional (Hamburg LuFo), national (Federal LuFo) and European (CleanSky 3) research projects, with the purpose of identifying synergies.

EU Clean Aviation Programme

“Clean Aviation” background

In the context of the “Partnership for Clean Aviation” planned by Horizon Europe, Hamburg Aviation aims to make Hamburg a partner region. Prerequisites are the agreement of a technological roadmap and financial support with the Clean Aviation, to be documented in a MoU.

Clean Aviation is aimed at accelerating the development and implementation of integrated aerospace technologies with regard to the extensive decarbonisation at the same time as ensuring safety in air traffic. The Partnership is to contribute to an enhanced focus on sustainability goals and environmentally friendly technologies whilst integrating new actors in the field of electrification and digitalisation.