Sustainable Innovations

An important part of Saab’s work to reduce its environmental impact is research and development collaborations aimed at creating sustainable solutions. Through new, resource-efficient technology, Saab can help to reduce environmental impacts, which is necessary in order to compete in a global market in the future.


Saab is one of the main industrial partners in Clean Sky, the largest European research programme developing innovative, cutting-edge technology aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft. Within the framework of Clean Sky Saab has already designed and manufactured a unique wing  structure enabling laminar flow over its surface, significantly reducing drag and thus fuel consumption. Additional functionality (morphing, erosion protection, de-icing and lightening protection) of aircraft structures will be investigated in Clean Sky 2 with further flight tests planned for Saabs laminar flow wing; this is in addition to three new R&T demonstrators Saab is developing for cargo doors, wing movables and enhanced flight operation systems.

See a film about Saab’s contribution or read more here.


Saab has developed a new remotely operated underwater vehicle being used by the Danish company C-leanship to clean the hulls of some of the world’s largest ships without damaging their paint. Removing organic material that attaches to the hull reduces the vessel’s environmental impact by dramatically lowering fuel consumption, but also by reducing the spread of microorganisms between various bodies of water. Moreover, it reduces the need to drydock vessels to repaint them, which cuts the shipping  company’s costs and the use of environmentally harmful processes.


Saab’s wholly owned technical consulting firm Combitech is participating in an innovative project to study how people can travel more energy- efficiently in megacities and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project, managed by KTH Royal Institute of Technology, will result in an environmentally friendly bus line in the city of Curitiba, Brazil. Combitech is one of the financiers of the project together with Volvo Buses, Saab and VINNOVA, Sweden’s innovation agency. Various stakeholders in Curitiba are involved as well. Combitech’s role is to collect and analyse the data. By analysing the information, it can be determined whether it makes more sense to power the buses electrically or by diesel.


More efficient traffic management and vehicle usage can help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions as well as runway de-icing fluids and other chemicals at an airport. Saab is contributing a number of services and products that improve safety, provide a better overview and status updates, and simplify planning for all
types of businesses that operate at an airport.


The EU has initiated a project to develop and improve air traffic management systems in Europe in order to reduce climate change. Saab’s contributions to the project, which is called Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR), are in the areas of remote control towers, traffic flow management, integrated
tower solutions and faster turnaround times.


Military organisations in Sweden and the US are evaluating biofuels for various military aviation applications. Saab is participating by providing Gripen as a test platform.



The Green Routes concept assists ship captains in making the right decisions at the right time. With the right information, a captain can reduce speed and still reach port on time, avoid costly anchoring and conserve fuel. Routes are designed not only to optimise speed, but also factor in other parameters, such as weather conditions and sensitive seabird areas. When a number of factors have been weighed in, a Green Route is set according to a global standard (IEC 61174 ed4). Green Routes is an international system where Saab is contributing its existing port and sea traffic management systems. The concept can also be used for vessel safety as an anti-collision tool.