Solar Impulse Foundation unveils new World Alliance for Clean Technologies
Solar Impulse Foundation has unveiled the new World Alliance for Clean Technologies coalition, in a bid to unite industry players in the field of clean technologies.
Established after the first round-the-world solar flight, the new alliance will create synergies and encourage profitable solutions to the world’s environmental and health challenges, as well as advise governments.
The creation of World Alliance for Clean Technologies also has marked the second phase of Solar Impulse Foundation’s goal of using clean technologies to develop solutions for several challenging applications and reach the objectives of the Climate Action Agenda.
Earlier this year, the Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) aircraft completed its first solar flight around the world.
The aircraft was piloted by Solar Impulse Foundation chairman Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg in alternate turns.
Piccard said: "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 ‘ecological,’ but because they are ‘logical’.
“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.”
Solar Impulse Foundation will provide administrative, media, political and institutional support to World Alliance for Clean Technologies.
Various companies such as Covestro, Solvay and Nestlé have provided finance for the alliance.
Image: The launch of the World Alliance for Clean Technologies. Photo: courtesy of Solar Impulse.