CENA stands for Centre of Competence for Climate, Environment and Noise Protection in Aviation. In the region of Hessen the Frankfurt airport hub plays a special, central role. The Hessian state government founded CENA to secure the future of sustainable aviation with innovative ideas:
In order to be able to further develop aviation in a sustainable way, we want to create a competence centre "Climate and noise protection in aviation". Such centre will support the development of innovative concepts for the future of aviation. For example, model projects for regulatory conditions of synthetic fuels production using renewable energies (pilot plant in Hessen) should be examined, involving aviation industry, chemical industry, science, the state, NGOs, and trading / freight companies. We also want to promote further strategies, research projects or model projects in the field of climate and noise protection in aviation, including the development of lower-emission aircrafts and strengthening intermodality.
(Source: Coalition agreement of the 20th legislative period; p. 158, lines 6801 to 6903)
The Competence Centre officially started its work on January 1, 2020. It is run by the state's own business development agency Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH (HTAI). CENA is located in the House of Logistics and Mobility (HOLM) in Gateway Gardens, Frankfurt am Main.
The strategic goals of the Competence Centre are to:
- secure the future of sustainable flying,
- ensure the leading position of Hessen as an aviation hub,
- establish the centre as a source of inspiration for innovations in aviation.