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
May 25, 2023
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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
Not my COP of tea
Seeing the final resolution signed this weekend by the countries present in Sharm el Sheikh, and in the light of Glasgow last year, I wonder if a real failure is not better than a false success. Tr...
Fear in the City
If we consider the increase in world population and the foreseeable evolution of the rural exodus coming in the next 20 years, it is estimated that we will have to build a city the size of Manhatta...
Biodiversity, the forgotten capital
For too long, biodiversity has been the oft-ignored ugly twin of climate change. This is partly explained by the fact that there are concrete technical solutions aligned with the notions of the mar...
‘Eco-anxiety’ is not the illness, inaction is
COP 27 brings out a clear observation: CO2 emissions will exceed their record level in 2022. Does this announcement risk increasing the syndrome of ‘eco-anxiety’ we are more and more ta...
One Criterion after another
When addressing the topic of energy in the context of the ecological transition, the trilemma “available, affordable, sustainable” often comes up on the table.COP 27 is no exception to ...
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