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1000 Solutions — June 05, 2018

World Environment Day: Solutions to fight plastic pollution

Written by Tristan Lebleu

The Solar Impulse Foundation, and UN Environment have very similar approaches when it comes to protection of the environment: we believe in the importance to highlight solutions rather than problems.This is why a few weeks ago, in collaboration with UN Environment, we decided to launch a call for solutions...

News — June 04, 2018

EU Sustainable Energy Week: the energy transition needs leaders!

Written by Tristan Lebleu

The EU must continue to lead the clean energy transition. In 2017, for the first time, wind, solar and biomass surpassed coal in electricity generation, according to a study by Sandbag and Agora Energiewende. In total, renewable energies generated 30% of Europe's electricity in 2017.While these are good signs...

1000 Solutions — May 31, 2018

Data: the key to make our air great again

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Air pollution is a silent killer. Every year, an alarming 7 million people die due to their exposure to polluted air, according to the World Health Organization’s most recent study on the topic, making it the fourth-largest cause of death worldwide. Globally, 9 out of 10 people breathe air that contains high...

News — May 29, 2018

World Alliance for Efficient Solutions: Why Become a Member?

Written by Tristan Lebleu

COLLABORATE WITH PEERSWe believe collaboration is the key to success. Solutions exist but they are hidden in startups who need business partnerships to implement and scale their technologies. This is one of the key reasons why we created the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions: to...

Insights — May 25, 2018

African solutions tackling the continent’s environmental challenges

Written by Tristan Lebleu

A fast growing entrepreneurial ecosystem is tackling the continent’s numerous challenges by leveraging tech and digital. According to a study by Partech Venture - which announced the launch of a 120M$ fund dedicated to African startups in January - 124 startups raised 560M$ in 2017, an astonishing 53% YoY...

News — May 23, 2018

The Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label: a new approach to...

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Let’s take a quick look back: in November 2017, at the Bonn Climate Change Conference, we launched the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions to bring together the main actors involved in developing, financing or promoting products, services, processes and technologies that protect the environment in a...

News — May 04, 2018

#1000Solutions: the startup community joins our challenge!

Written by Tristan Lebleu

13 years later, Cleantech Open has helped foster the clean tech movement globally, with over 1500 startups accelerated worldwide, who’ve raised 1.2B$, and created over 3000 jobs. Over the past decade, organizations to support cleantech entrepreneurs have been created all over the world. There are numerous...

News — May 04, 2018

Solar Impulse Foundation and UN Environment call on all innovators...

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Ending plastic pollution, and more globally “Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns” (Sustainable Development Goal 12), is a challenge we take very seriously at the Solar Impulse Foundation, and many of the members of our World Alliance for Efficient Solutions are tackling this issue (see...

News — April 24, 2018

1000 solutions - Help us make sure they are the right ones

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Obviously, to select a thousand, you need quite a lot more than that to choose from, so you have a whole lot of leg work in simply reaching out and finding them. And then you must identify which should be awarded the Efficient Solutions label, which serves to show to the world that solutions exist that make...

News — April 20, 2018

Earth Day 2018: solutions to end plastic pollution exist

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Every year, approximately 8 million metric tons of plastics escape to our oceans. This overwhelming figure doesn’t mean much to most people, as it is hardly understandable. But the consequences of it on our environment are very clear: “from poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from...

News — April 11, 2018

On the road to #1000Solutions

Written by Chiara Cosenza

In April, the Solar Impulse Foundation, Bertrand Piccard and members of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions participated in the inaugural Geneva Climate Show. Members of the World Alliance had the opportunity to meet with investors, display their solution on the  #1000 solutions booth, and serve as...

News — March 31, 2018

Donald Trump agrees to sign Paris Agreement

Written by Chiara Cosenza

In occasion of April Fools' Day, we thought it would be fun to imagine the President of the United States of America, changing his mind and agreeing to sign the Paris agreement and join the global effort toward sustainability. But, is it a joke?We believe this is possible....

News — March 29, 2018

Easter traffic: soon cleaner...but no less annoying

Written by Rémy Kalter

So while we are probably some way from consigning traffic jams to the scrap heap of history, we seem to be moving that way for fossil-fuel powered vehicles and dirty mobility options. So we need alternatives, and that’s why we at the Solar Impulse Foundation have committed to select 1000 clean, efficient and...

News — March 28, 2018

World Alliance members at the Climate Show in Geneva

Written by Chiara Cosenza

Bertrand Piccard will be speaking at the opening and taking part in a panel discussion, and five of our members will be displaying their solutions during the marketplace exhibition. These solutions exist across a range of topics, from an easier and cheaper way to install offshore wind turbines to railway...

News — March 22, 2018

Clean water: continuing a family legacy

Written by Nathalie Berger

But most renewable energy production methods today do not require water to produce energy, and these solutions exist and are financially viable even though they are not yet available at the required scale. Take a company like BlueRise, for example, that has developed an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion...