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News — March 01, 2019

Relive the adventure !

Written by Chiara Cosenza

It was March 1st 1999. “Baby One More Time” from Britney Spears was the latest hit playing on  the radio and the Nokia 3210 was just released, featuring a Clock, Alarm clock, Calculator and the best mobile game in the World : Snake. In the Swiss Alps, Brian Jones and Bertrand Piccard were...

1000 Solutions — February 28, 2019

Joulia-Inline, the energy-efficient shower technology

Written by Anouk Rieben

In the EU, households represent 25% of the final user’s energy consumption. Within this sector, water heating is the second biggest use of energy after space heating (64.7%), it represents  14.5% of the energy use. Taking a hot shower to wake up in the morning or to relax after a long day is part of our...

1000 Solutions — February 21, 2019

Antismog, reduce air pollution with hydrogen

Written by Tristan Lebleu

For over a century, cars have been the symbol of liberty and progress. Since their invention at the end of the 19th century, passenger vehicles have become an essential part of our lives. An estimated 1.1 billion cars are on the road today, and this figure is set to double by 2040....

News — February 15, 2019

Can growth save our planet ?

Written by Bertrand Piccard - 4 min read

In 1901, Henry Dunant was awarded the first Nobel Peace Prize for the establishment of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the adoption of the Geneva Convention. Yet, this Swiss pioneer of humanitarian right faced fierce opposition from the pacifist movement. They believed that creating an...

1000 Solutions — February 15, 2019

SolarSea, the world’s first floating solar farm

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Picture a pristine white-sand beach, surrounded by a clear-blue turquoise sea, and add a few palm trees. The typical description of a tropical island. Ever wondered how electricity is generated on these little paradise lands? Diesel generators, for the most part. “Diesel generators are...

1000 Solutions — February 08, 2019

Cleancup, fighting plastic pollution one cup at a time

Written by Tristan Lebleu

In November 2018, a dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia made the headlines and moved public opinion around the world. What was so special about this 31-foot marine mammal? An enormous amount of plastic waste was found in its stomach, including 115 plastic disposable...

Climate Nugget — February 07, 2019

It’s time for fashion to set bold environmental goals

Written by Chiara Cosenza

The industry is being pointed out as one of the main sources of pollution in the World. Materials, processes, a changing and non-traceable value chain, added to our own consumption behaviour are at the origin of a massive problem.Bold sustainability goals have to be set in order to transform the...

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...