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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...

1000 Solutions — December 03, 2018

Eco Wave Power, turning the constant power of waves into electricity

Written by Tristan Lebleu - 4 min read

Think of a renewable source of energy that could be harnessed constantly to produce electricity. The sun? Goes down every night. Wind? Stops blowing now and then. Unlike other renewables, wave power is one of the most reliable energy sources on Earth, and could play a major role in...

News — November 29, 2018

What is COP24 and why does it matter?

Written by Tristan Lebleu

What is the UNFCCC?The UNFCCC, or United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is a mechanism established at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Its end goal is to “stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system”. In...

News — November 23, 2018

"L’avion qui vole avec le Soleil" par Michèle Piccard

Written by Julie Conti

C’est à l’UNESCO que Michèle et Bertrand Piccard ont présenté le dernier né de leur histoire commune, le livre jeunesse "L’avion qui vole avec le soleil".Le livre retrace l’histoire derrière l’Histoire, allant des grands pionniers du XXème siècle qui ont inspiré Bertrand Piccard...

1000 Solutions — November 22, 2018

SkyBreathe, the fuel coach for pilots

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Without a doubt, aviation has been a key factor of human development and progress. It has allowed humans to travel all around the world and connect with one another. In 2017, over 4.1 billion passengers were carried by the world's airlines. However, for a sustainable future, air transport needs to tackle...

News — November 15, 2018

Cleantech job opportunities from our Members!

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Feel like you could be doing more for the planet? How about joining a cleantech company building a solution to tackle climate change? We asked the 1400 Members of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions to tell us about open positions in their companies.And guess what? There are some pretty amazing...

1000 Solutions — November 13, 2018

Flexibuster, turning waste into energy

Written by Tristan Lebleu

Remember that ending scene from Back to the Future? Doc pulls into a driveway and fills his car tank with trash. Wouldn’t it be nice to generate power from waste? SEaB, a UK-based startup, has developed a solution that does precisely that: turning waste into energy through...

Guest Post — November 12, 2018

Guest Post : "Nature can help us tackle wastewater"

Written by Laetitia Mailhes

Microbiology is nature’s operating system. Through 21st-century technologies such as low-cost DNA sequencing, humans are beginning to understand the secret world of microbes and their potential to help solve our most pressing problem, including mediating humans’ conflicted relationship with our...