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Mounting and managing an European project

AIRBUS Helicopters
Mounting and managing an European Life + project
Customer scope: 

Corporate management, Strategic Marketing management, R&D, management, Marketing departments from 12 countries, Supply Chain, etc.

Efficient Innovation team: 

3 consultants on a 4-year mission

According to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), the aviation industry accounts for 2% of all anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions (CO2). To reduce this impact, Europe has set ambitious goals through Flightpath 2050:

75% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions (CO2)
90% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx)
65% reduction in perceived sound levels
Recyclability taken into account from the design stage

These new directives are forcing aircraft manufacturers to engage with a new approach, that of eco-design, to reduce the environmental impact of their products and production sites.

The peculiarity of a helicopter is that 80% of the machine is manufactured by subcontractors and suppliers.

It is therefore necessary to integrate this eco-design approach into subcontractors' and suppliers’ processes through a collaborative interface.

Mission method: 

Unable to develop this joint interface by its own means, our customer asked us to identify national and European funding measures. We therefore proposed the European LIFE+ programme, which provides a 50% subsidy for demonstrators having a positive impact on the environment.

We helped the customer build a sound consortium made up of 10 French and European partners with the complementary competencies required to achieve the project's objectives.

In mounting this project, we helped all the partners draw up an application in line with the expectations of the European Commission on the technical, environmental and budgetary aspects.

After acceptance of the application by the European Commission, we worked with the consortium during the negotiation phase to justify and defend the budgets presented to the funding organisation.


We then worked with the partners throughout the project, providing the technical, administrative and financial monitoring.
During the course of this mission, we undertook the following tasks:

  • Facilitation of discussions on the consortium agreement up to signing
  • Organisation and facilitation of the six-monthly steering committee meetings
  • Regular financial monitoring to ensure expenditure was on target
  • Notification of expenditure to the Commission
  • Proofreading of interim reports and the final report
  • Organisation and facilitation of the meetings with the Commission and the external project monitoring team
  • Help in writing the amendment requesting extension of the project
  • Help in organising the project closure event (80 people)
  • Preparation and monitoring of the financial audit prior to project closure
  • Help in responding to additional requests from the Commission
Mission outcome 

The project resulted in an eco-design interface and methodology for the helicopter industry. 95% of the initial subsidy was paid by the Commission.