COP26: Solar Impulse Foundation Ready to Present 1,000+ Solutions

29.10.2021 - Ahead of the start of negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, the Solar Impulse Foundation led by clean technology pioneer Bertrand Piccard offers political and economic decision-makers 1,000+ solutions that help them meet more ambitious climate targets without compromising economic growth.

Four years after announcing -- at COP22 -- the goal of identifying 1,000 clean and profitable solutions to the environmental crisis, Bertrand Piccard and the Solar Impulse Foundation have officially achieved their target and commit to go even further. Piccard, Chairman and Founder of the foundation, is coming to Glasgow to attend COP26 not only with a suitcase full of over 1,300 solutions, but also the tools to place them in the hands of decision-makers in government and business.

While the world’s leaders gather in Glasgow to discuss the global effort to fight climate change, the Solar Impulse Foundation and Bertrand Piccard will be there presenting them the tools that enable them to adopt more ambitious environmental policies. These tools are the result of five years of searching, analyzing and promoting more than 1,300 products, processes, and services that protect the environment in a profitable way.

To search through all these solutions, the Foundation launches the Solutions Explorer. It offers a one-of-a-kind search engine that showcases climate solutions from all over the world which are part of an ever-growing, curated, and publicly-accessible database. Businesses, public authorities, and individuals can navigate the Solutions Explorer to help them work towards their climate objectives in a cost-competitive and profitable manner. Its filtering tool enables Solutions to be selected based on sectors, clients, applications, environmental benefits, and technologies. It allows the user to discover new and efficient ways of producing, consuming, and valuing resources. 

Bertrand Piccard, Chairman and Founder of the Solar Impulse Foundation, comments: “I would like the decision-makers in government and business to be able to stop talking about the problems without mentioning the solutions, too. The good news is that there are hundreds of them and they are just waiting to be implemented.” 

To showcase the potential of the Solutions Explorer and to pay tribute to the hosting country of COP26, the Solar Impulse Foundation created a Solutions Guide addressed to the Scottish Government. The Solutions Guide looks at the Scottish context - its environmental and economic situation - and puts forward a selection of technologies from the Solutions Explorer that could help the country reach its ambitious environmental objectives and to do so in a way that improves the quality of life of its citizens. 

The Foundation also offers Solutions Guides to non-governmental decision-makers, such as industry representatives and corporations. As part of the Solutions Guide for the Scottish government, the Solar Impulse Foundation presents a case study on the local Scotch whisky industry as a key business in Scotland's economy. It focuses on The Glenmorangie Company, a brand within the LVMH Group, demonstrating how the Scotch whisky industry could successfully transition towards its declared objective to reach net-zero by 2040.

Piccard says: “We now have  the proof that enough solutions exist to make our world more profitable, efficient and sustainable already today. Therefore, no excuses left for inaction as decision-makers cannot pretend anymore that ecology is too expensive, hurts the economy and destroys jobs!”

Going beyond the portfolio of 1,000+ clean and profitable solutions, Bertrand Piccard and the Solar Impulse Foundation are ready to share their know-how, experience, and tools with governments and businesses that are ready to take immediate action on their respective paths to net-zero.

Read the interview with the visionary founder.

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