Advocating for a global action

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Helping decision-makers to adopt more ambitious policies

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1. Informing

The Solar Impulse Foundation informs policymakers, business leaders and civil society about the most efficient and profitable solutions that exist to facilitate the transition toward sustainability.

2. Engaging

The Solar Impulse Foundation engages with institutions, governments and decision makers at major international fora including the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, the Clean Energy Ministerial and the Covenant of Mayors.

An Ambassador

A faith in technological solutions to improve quality of life

Our world needs to find new ways of improving the quality of human life.Let’s replace old polluting devices with modern clean technologies. Economical growth will only come from solutions that can save energy and protect the environment. It is possible today to bridge ecology and economy.

Bertrand Piccard
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As chairman of the Foundation, Dr. Bertrand Piccard advocates for ecology through the lens of profitability, and that protection of the environment would become a reality only if it was perceived as economically viable and requiring no financial or behavioural sacrifice.

  • He actively speaks out against the absurdity of old and polluting devices and systems, and promotes the benefits of new existing efficient technologies and solutions.
  • He denounces the current legal framework which does not properly consider the efficiency and profitability of modern technologies. He advocates in favor of modernizing our legal framework to pull innovative products and new clean and energy efficient processes to market.
  • To this end, Dr. Piccard seeks to carry this message to government and industry and demonstrate that protection of the environment is good for business, can create jobs and breathe new life into economies - A way to prove that solving climate change – rather than an expensive problem – is a fantastic market opportunity.

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Political Processes

Engaging in political processes

Developing relationships with a wide range of organizations to further our message that clean, efficient and profitable solutions exist.

But the solution is also political and thus we engage with processes and coalitions to encourage the development of the right conditions for such solutions to succeed and accelerate toward a more sustainable society.

The One Planet Lab

The One Planet Lab is the ideas laboratory for the One Planet Summit, established by President Emmanuel Macron of France. Bertrand Piccard has been asked to co-lead the carbon neutrality and zero-emission mobility workstream along Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation. This gave the Foundation a high-level forum to advocate for ambitious policies alongside various leading climate and political figures.

The Talanoa dialogue

Established under the UNFCCC, the Talanoa dialogue serves as a platform for the Foundation to indicate how we as a society can reach the objectives set out by the Paris agreement and ensure a just and equitable transition toward a sustainable society. This gave the Foundation a high-level forum to advocate for ambitious policies alongside various leading climate and political figures.

Cities

Bringing solutions to cities and regions

We will launch pilot projects in the coming months, which you can learn more about in the near future.

Cities consume about 63% of global primary energy and emit 70% of the world’s total greenhouse gases. And while it is from cities and sub-regional governments that some of the most ambitious transition efforts exists, there is significant gap between knowledge of the available solutions not helped by regulations that are no longer fit for purpose.

  • The Solar Impulse Foundation is committed to helping these communities, understanding their needs, and facilitating the implementation of efficient solutions.
  • Our effort is to create links between solutions and public authorities, and serve as a focal point for them.

Collaboration

Endorsing the World Alliance

The World Alliance has entered in close and impactful collaboration with several international institutions, states and cities around the world to facilitate the selection, funding and implementation of the #1000solutions.