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Bertrand Piccard is the initiator and visionary behind Solar Impulse, the very first airplane capable of flying perpetually without fuel. It is in his DNA to go beyond the obvious and achieve the impossible as he did with his two round-the-world flights, recently in a solar-powered airplane, and before that non-stop in a balloon. The ocean depths and the stratosphere attracted his father and grandfather; the challenges of our time fascinate him. Since he launched the first flight around the world in a solar airplane, his ambition has been to leverage a pioneering spirit for a useful contribution to the cause of renewable energies and clean technologies. With his dual identities as medical doctor and explorer, Bertrand has become a voice heard among the most distinguished institutions across the globe as a forward-thinking leader for progress and sustainability.

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24/04 - 2017

Paris 2024: going for gold in sustainability

Climate change is so often spoken about in a boring and depressing way, not engaging people or showing them how they can help solve the problem. We need initiatives presenting solutions and even opportunities.... - read more


28/03 - 2017

The future of Europe is clean

At the beginning of March, the European Commission released a white paper to launch discussions on the future of Europe and how it can move forward collectively. It is a critical time for the European... - read more


20/03 - 2017

Energy democracy: a win-win solution

Clean energy and efficient solutions are bridging the gap between ecology and economy. Giving people a stake in their energy future - energy democracy - is powerful and opens up new opportunities for... - read more


24/05 - 2017

The Union for the Mediterranean and the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions team up to promote sustainable development across the region

We’re pleased to announce that the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions will be working with the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) to support the transition of the Euro-Mediterranean... - read more


25/04 - 2017

Bertrand Piccard’s vision for renewable energies rewarded by President François Hollande.

The Swiss explorer is promoted to the rank of Officer of the French Legion of Honor at the Elysée Palace in recognition of his pioneering efforts to research sustainable solutions. By initiating Solar... - read more


28/03 - 2017

Bertrand Piccard to launch partnership with the European Commission

Bertrand Piccard, as Chair of the Solar Impulse Foundation, met with Maroš Šefčovič, the European Commission (EC) Vice-President for the Energy Union on Tuesday 28th of March, together with Jyrki Katainen... - read more