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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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23/09 - 2019

Are we truly capitalists?

As I told Heads of States at the recent G7 Summit in Biarritz, something has gone wrong in our economic system. Capitalism is meant to increase capital but what we are doing today is exactly the opposite:... - read more


06/09 - 2019

Cleaning up maritime transport

Three per cent. That is the contribution of the maritime sector to total global carbon emissions. It doesn’t sound all that much for a sector that ensures 90% of world trade and whose ships spend most... - read more


22/08 - 2019

Inequality is holding all of us back.

On August 26th, 2019, I will be addressing Heads of States and government officials at the 45th G7 summit, in Biarritz, France. This year's edition will focus on fighting inequality in its many forms.... - read more


15/07 - 2020

New York Times Live Event: “Applying Covid-19's Hard-Earned Lessons to Climate Change”

On July 9th 2020, Bertrand Piccard participated in a debate hosted by the New York Times to explore the hard-earned lessons of Covid-19 and how to apply them to climate change. The debate, first event... - read more


01/06 - 2020

Business Leaders Commit to a Clean Economic Recovery

By Bertrand Piccard and the Solar Impulse Foundation Partners The COVID-19 crisis is not over. Many people are still suffering from it, and yet voices are already calling for a return to normal. But what... - read more


28/04 - 2020

What can crises be used for?

In the incredible situation that the coronavirus makes us all go through, I would like to offer you a summary of the chapter that I had devoted to crisis management in my book "Changer d’Altitude, quelques... - read more