Serial explorer, psychiatrist and clean technology pioneer
Following his successful around-the-world flight in a solar-powered airplane, Bertrand Piccard and his Solar Impulse Foundation have succeeded in identifying more than a thousand Solutions that can protect the environment in a financially profitable way. His aim now is to take these to governments and companies and help them to accelerate the transition towards a zero-carbon economy.Discover More
A pioneer in his gene
He was brought up to go beyond convention wisdom, and to achieve the impossible. Scion of a legendary family of explorers and scientists who conquered the stratosphere and the ocean depths, Bertrand is inspired by the same passion for innovation and environmental conservation. He uses his exploits in the air to promote the causes that are dear to him, and to track down ways of enhancing our quality of life.Discover More
The twice-around-the-world man
Bertrand entered history by achieving two great aeronautical « firsts ». His non-stop around-the-world balloon trip was the ultimate flight - the longest ever in aviation history for both duration and distance. More recently, his global circumnavigation in Solar Impulse was the apotheosis of his pioneering vision: 43,000 km in a solar airplane without using any fuel, demonstrating the immense potential of renewable energies and technologies.Discover More
Thanks to his dual identity as a physician and psychiatrist who is sensitive to how problems arise, and as an explorer searching for new ways of thinking, Bertrand has become an influential voice in many top institutions. As one of the first to consider ecology as a source of profitability, he became a United Nations Ambassador for the Environment and a Special Advisor to the European Commission. His next mission: a new trip around the world to take.Discover More
Solar Impulse Foundation
1000+ profitable solutions to protect the environment
To address environmental challenges without compromising economic growth, Bertrand Piccard and the Solar Impulse Foundation have identified 1000+ clean and profitable solutions, and are now committed to going even further. By offering political and economic decision-makers a Solutions Guide that can be implemented on a large scale, the Foundation will help them establish a roadmap for the adoption of much more ambitious energy and environmental programs and thus achieve their carbon neutrality objectives.Discover More
Realistic, let's be logical as much as ecological
The problems are known. What we now need are solutions. As a Psychiatrist, Bertrand Piccard knows we cannot change human nature or win the climate battle by asking people to forgo modern comforts. Over 200 pages, he shows that it’s possible to get out of the current dilemma between degrowth leading to social chaos and infinite growth leading to climate disaster. With a realistic vision, Bertrand invites us to reverse the conversation offering us a third way, "qualitative growth" which reconciles ecology and economy.Discover More
Sobriety, Efficiency and Common Sense
The current energy crisis, with its obsession around finding new providers of natural gas, reminds me of the response of the aviation manufacturers to my solar aircraft: “Impossible, because ...
Jacques Piccard, 100 years
My father Jacques would be 100 years old today. With the 1st dive to the deepest spot on Earth and the construction of 5 submarines, he was one of the greatest explorers of the 20th century. I owe ...
Climate is changing? So must the laws!
Now that they are elected, what will the new French members of parliament do in the National Assembly? Laws. It is their role to pass legislative texts intended to frame behaviours and guarantee li...
Climate: How not to have a “Stockholm +100”
Fifty years after the Meadows report on “Limits to Growth” and the first Earth Summit in Stockholm, the Stockholm+50 meeting is being held this week on June 2 and 3. Anchored in the Dec...
My Favorite Candidate
If I were French, I would vote for you. You have understood what citizens need. You are unifying, not divisive. You seek consensus beyond political parties, not confrontation. You are realistic and...
Bertrand Piccard, Ambassador of the pioneering spirit with Breitling Explorer Squad
In 2018, Breitling launched its Squad crews. This campaign brought together trios of exceptional personalities to celebrate the Swiss watchmaker’s the key values: action, mission and pioneering spirit. Bertrand Piccard was selected to be part of the Explorer Squad alongside polar adventurer Inge Solheim as well as David de Rothschild, who repeated the Kontiki's exploit with a raft built from PET bottles. These three explorers embody a pioneering spirit at the service of the environment.'Discover More