The environmentally friendly engine programme addresses the challenge of climate change

Thursday, 12 July 2007

The newly appointed Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, John Denham, is visiting Rolls-Royce in Derby today to see progress on the £95 million Environmentally Friendly Engine (EFE) programme, which is now entering its manufacturing phase.

EFE, which is part of the UK’s National Aerospace Technology Strategy, is an aero engine technology demonstration programme that will validate new technologies aimed at reducing noise, fuel burn and emissions, and integrate and test them in a full engine demonstrator that will run next year.

Launched in 2006 and scheduled to run until the end of 2010, the programme will make a major contribution towards achieving the industry targets of 50 per cent lower CO2 emissions, 80 per cent lower NOx emissions and 50 per cent less noise by 2020, all from a 2000 baseline.

Rolls-Royce is leading the programme and its partners include Bombardier Aerospace, Goodrich Corporation, HS Marston Aerospace and Unison Engine Components and the universities of Birmingham, Cambridge, Loughborough, Oxford, Sheffield and Queens, Belfast.

Sir John Rose, Rolls-Royce Chief Executive, said: "Innovation will be at the heart of society's response to climate change, with new technology having to be applied on an industrial scale if that response is to be effective.

“Building on Rolls-Royce's strong track-record of technological excellence, the Environmentally Friendly Engine programme will develop the advanced technologies required for cleaner and quieter aero engines and will help the aviation industry meet demanding new targets aimed at reducing its environmental footprint.”

More than 50 per cent of the investment in EFE will come directly from the industry partners, with the balance being funded by the UK Government’s Technology Programme, sponsored by the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Defence, Regional Development Agencies in England and the Devolved Administration in Northern Ireland.

Initial component manufacture has begun at the industrial partners’ facilities in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Hucknall, Wolverhampton and Burnley. These latest technology parts will be assembled in an engine demonstrator at Rolls-Royce Bristol, which will undergo a series of test runs in a converted test facility from 2008. The South-West Regional Development Agency is contributing funds to convert the Bristol test facility for EFE use, while the East Midlands Development Agency is funding elements of design and manufacture in Derby and Hucknall.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air. The company is a technology leader, employing 38,000 people in 50 countries, and continues to invest in core technologies, products, people and capabilities in order to broaden and strengthen its product portfolio, improve efficiency and enhance the environmental performance of its products.
  2. The latest Rolls-Royce Environment Report was published today. To find out more about the company’s position on climate change and its approach to environmental issues, view the report by visiting
  3. Rolls-Royce invests more than £700 million every year on Research and Development, two-thirds of which is aimed at improving the environmental performance of its products and operations. Over £120 million of this programme is dedicated to innovative technology aimed at improving environmental performance.
  4. The Technology Strategy Board, which allocates funding for the programme, is a business-focused Non-Departmental Public Body set up by Government to drive forward innovation and applied technology to benefit the UK economy. From 2005-08, £320 million in funding will be available to businesses to support research and development in key technology areas. The DIUS is the Technology Strategy Board’s sponsor department. For further information:
  5. Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast is an integral part of Bombardier Aerospace, the world’s third largest civil aircraft manufacturer and global leader in regional and business aircraft markets. One of the largest aerospace companies in the UK, it is a world-class centre of excellence and UK leader in the design and manufacture of fuselages, nacelle systems and flight controls, as well as for advanced composites. The company has an extensive supply base of some 800 suppliers throughout the UK and Ireland, and is involved in range of national and European R&D programmes. Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast is leading the power plant nacelle package of the EFE programme.
  6. Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of systems and services to aerospace, defence and homeland security markets. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities. For more information visit
  7. HS Marston Aerospace Limited is a division of Hamilton Sundstrand’s Engine & Control Systems business. Based in Wolverhampton, it is a world-leading supplier of heat transfer and fluid management solutions for the commercial and military aerospace markets, motorsport and electronics cooling industries. With full in house design, manufacture and qualification capabilities, it offers an integrated range of products to meet the most demanding customer requirements. HS Marston Aerospace Limited is undertaking the design, development and manufacture of an advanced technology air cooler (ACAC) and a flexible fuel manifold for the EFE programme. For more information visit
  8. Unison Engine Components - Burnley is a production supply and repair centre for gas turbine engine certified sub-assemblies. With a background of decades specialising in design development and supply of combustion, fuel injection and test equipment, Unison will validate alternative lean-burn fuel injection technology on the EFE programme.

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