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News — February 05, 2019

What's up in 2019 for the Solar Impulse Foundation?

Written by Tristan Lebleu

A year ago, we had just launched the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, which counted only a few Members. A year later, we’ve gathered over 1600 innovators, investors and corporates dedicated to developing, investing in and scaling clean technologies to fast-track the transition to a sustainable...

1000 Solutions — February 01, 2019

iNex Circular, the first circular economy platform for companies

Written by Tristan Lebleu

We produce. We consume. We waste. This linear model of production and consumption has prevailed throughout the 19th and 20th century but has proven to be highly unsustainable. A new model is now emerging to produce goods in a sustainable manner: known as the circular economy, it is described as “a framework...

News — January 25, 2019

US government shutdown is causing long-lasting environmental damage

Written by Tristan Lebleu

National Parks Since December 22nd 2018, many National Parks have been left open and completely unattended, which may lead to long-lasting damage in the United States’ national outdoor treasures. On the National Park Service website, the organization states “for most parks, there will be no National Park...

1000 Solutions — January 23, 2019

Ocean&Forest, cleaning your clothes and dishes while protecting the...

Written by Tristan Lebleu

In June 2007, the coastal population of the Taihu Lake, in the Jiangsu province, woke up to a dreadful scene. China’s third largest freshwater lake had turned green. A thick cover of algae covered the entire lake, affecting the water resource of over 2 million people living on its shores. 12 years later,...

News — January 23, 2019

Davos 2019: 5 leaders taking action to safeguard the planet

Written by Tristan Lebleu

“For the 4th year in a row, the World Economic Forum has named the climate crisis the n°1 threat to the global economy” stated Al Gore in his introduction of the event. Leaders all around the world are now conscious of the seriousness of the menace that the environmental crisis poses to their...

Guest Post — January 07, 2019

Guest Post: "Five ways the travel industry is becoming more...

Written by Jens Wohltorf

A study spanning 160 countries found that the tourism industry’s carbon emissions have grown leaps and bounds over previous estimates, and now comprise 8% of global emissions. So, what can travel companies do about it? At every step of the traveller’s journey, companies are finding new solutions to make their...

News — December 20, 2018

The hidden success of COP24

Written by Bertrand Piccard

Was COP24 a success? Are the decisions taken up to the challenge? Have the states been ambitious enough? For several days now, everyone has been carrying out an in-depth analysis of the results of the last COP, which was held in Poland. For my part, I spent nearly two weeks at the heart of the climate...

Interviews — December 19, 2018

"Financial return and impact are compatible", interview with...

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Bertrand Badré knows the world of finance inside out. For nearly 20 years he has discovered all its facets: the major banks, as CFO at Société Générale and Crédit Agricole, but also international financial organisations, as Managing Director of the World Bank and CFO of the World Bank Group. Bertrand Badré is...

News — December 14, 2018

Ensuring a Just Transition: a key to the success of climate...

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Poland will not abandon its coal mining sector. By hosting the conference in the coal mining city of Katowice, greeting delegates with “The Polish Coal Miners Band”, displaying coal soap and jewellery at their booth, decorating it with piles of coal, and sponsoring the talks with coal industrials, Polish have...

News — December 14, 2018

COP24 - Clean Technologies are "the biggest market of the century”

Written by Chiara Cosenza

A sense of urgency"We are in trouble. We are in deep trouble with climate change. Climate change is running faster than we are and we must catch up sooner rather than later before it is too late.”Those were the opening remarks from Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, on December the 3rd at the UN...

News — December 10, 2018

Climate finance: the developed world’s “moral imperative”

Written by Tristan Lebleu

In 2015, during COP21, the world had come to a - Paris - agreement in which rich countries committed to provide $100bn a year in climate finance to poorer nations by 2020. This written accord was a major step. However, not much was said about how the cash would flow, which is why money has been a central part of...

News — December 07, 2018

Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions at COP24

Written by Tristan Lebleu

“Enough with the problems. Now, let’s talk about the solutions” declared Bertrand Piccard as he opened the Solar Impulse Action Hub event. This amphitheatre located right at the entrance of COP24 has been one of the conference’s main attractions, hosting side-events to showcase climate action initiatives, since...

News — December 06, 2018

At COP24, the Solar Impulse Foundation and Scotland announce new...

Written by Tristan Lebleu

For years now, the Solar Impulse Foundation has been delivering its powerful message on the urgent need to implement the clean, efficient and profitable solutions that already exist today to transition our world to a low-carbon economy. At COP24 in Katowice, Poland, First Minister of Scotland Nicola...

News — December 04, 2018

The opportunity cost of an opportunity lost, an Open Letter by...

Written by Bertrand Piccard

Dear COP24 Negotiators,During these next couple of weeks, in Katowice, Poland, you will have to decide on measures urgently needed to ensure the future quality of life on earth for humanity. That is what COP24 is all about. You understand better than most the dramatic consequences of even a small increase in...

1000 Solutions — December 04, 2018

hiLyte, iron batteries bringing clean and affordable electricity to...

Written by Tristan Lebleu

In the clean energy transition, there are many approaches. Large scale complex initiatives are absolutely necessary. But there’s also a strong and urgent need for easy to deploy, cheap and simple projects like hiLyte’s innovative battery.The figures are absolutely staggering: over 1...