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The World Alliance for Clean Technologies was launched by the Solar Impulse Foundation at COP22!
11/11 - 2016

The World Alliance for Clean Technologies was launched by the Solar Impulse Foundation at COP22!

Less than four months after completing with André Borschberg the first solar flight around the world, the Solar Impulse Foundation today launched the World Alliance for Clean Technologies during COP22 in Marrakech. This is a second phase in the realization of my vision that clean technologies can accomplish impossible goals and offer tangible solutions to solve many of the challenges facing global society today, as well as reach the objectives of the Climate Action Agenda.

During the launch of the World Alliance for Clean Technologies, Bertrand Piccard with (from left to right) Hakima El Haite COP22 Special Envoy and Climate Champion of Morocco, Ségolène Royal Minister of Ecology France, Patricia Espinosa UNFCCC Executive Secretary

The world needs to embrace clean technologies, not because they are “eco-logical,” but because they are “logical.” Even if climate change didn’t exist, energy efficient technologies would make sense to create jobs, generate profit and boost economic development, while also reducing CO2 emissions and protecting natural resources.

That is why the overarching goal of the Alliance – which is a direct legacy to the Solar Impulse project – is to demonstrate which solutions are available to deliver on environmental and health targets, thereby improving the quality of life on Earth and bridging the gap between ecology and economy. Until now, there was no such organization, gathering the clean technologies stakeholders around the world.

The Alliance therefore brings together start-ups, companies, institutions and organizations producing, implementing or supporting the use of clean technologies. Together, the members share experiences and create synergies in order to demonstrate concrete solutions to support governments, corporations and institutions in reaching their environmental and health targets, advising them depending on their specific situation.

As I said upon the final landing in Abu Dhabi: if an airplane can fly around the world without a drop of fuel, clean technologies can undoubtedly be implemented on the ground to make a cleaner, more efficient and richer world.

Access the full media release here.

Bertrand Piccard

Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation 

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