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 A Research & Technology
strategy focused on
these challenges
Industry has to come up with radical innovations in its technologies and processes to meet its commitment to cut fleet-wide CO2 emissions by 90% by 2050. Safran is playing its part by bolstering its R&T efforts.
As a major contributor to most aircraft systems, especially those related to energy, Safran is at the heart of the enabling technologies needed to resolve aviation’s environmental equation. Safran works with stakeholders throughout the sector (airlines, manufacturers, airports, airworthiness authorities, passengers, etc.) to affirm its leadership in the transition and to be a key change-maker. Its R&T plan has been bolstered to meet this goal, for instance by sustaining annual spending despite the Covid pandemic, thanks in large part to the aviation support plan introduced by the French government.
A LOW-CARBON ROADMAP
■ About 75% of this R&T activity is focused on developing new technologies designed to reduce its products’ environmental footprint, whether directly or indirectly. Safran’s R&T roadmap covers four main areas: propulsion, aircraft electrification, materials and weight reduction, and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).
■ Safranhasexpandeditsresearchintothesefuelsto improve its understanding of alternative drop-in fuels and develop the technology building blocks needed for their widespread use. At the same time, the Group is exploring more disruptive solutions based on fuels that would require radical changes in aircraft architecture, including cryogenic fuels such as methane and liquid hydrogen.
■ Safran is counting on its vast in-house design capabilities to take a proactive role through developing innovative solutions for its customers to support the development of their next-generation aircraft – even the most radical.
 SAFRAN R&T AT A GLANCE
3,000 employees,
including 1,200 doctoral researchers
1,000+ patent filings in 2020
              €542
million
invested in 2019
75%
of R&T work dedicated to environmental aspects
€600+
million
planned in 2022
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