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Solar Impulse Foundation Launches World Alliance for Clean Technologies

The Solar Impulse Foundation has launched the World Alliance for Clean Technologies.

The scheme is aiming to bring together the ‘main actors’ in clean technologies to develop profitable solutions to climate change.

The company behind the first ever solar flight around the world, the Solar Impulse Foundation, has launched the World Alliance for Clean Technologies at COP22, which is aiming to bring together the ‘main actors’ in clean technologies to help tackle climate change.

Solar Impulse has said that its aim is to federate key stakeholders in the area of clean technologies, including start-ups, companies, institutions and organisations producing, implementing or supporting the use of clean technologies.

Together, the members will “share experiences and create synergies” in order to improve the overall value chain and demonstrate and advise on concrete solutions to support governments, corporations and institutions in reaching their environmental and health targets.

The announcement comes less than four months after the landing of the first ever solar flight around the world, accomplished by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, and is the second phase of Piccard’s long-term goal to use low-carbon technologies to solve major global challenges, as well as reach the objectives of the Climate Action Agenda.

The Alliance’s overarching ambition is to globally advance clean technologies, which it defines as: “any practical solution that allows to bridge the gap between ecology and economy. They are not limited to the production of renewable energy, but encompass technologies, systems, know-hows or processes that protect the environment, improve health, increase energy efficiency or save natural resources, while creating jobs, generating profit and sustaining growth”.

“We need to embrace clean technologies, not because they are ‘eco-logical,’ but because they are ‘logical,’” said Bertrand Piccard, chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation. “Even if climate change didn’t exist, energy efficient technologies would make sense to create jobs, generate profit and boost economic development, while also reducing CO2 emissions and protecting natural resources.”

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