Representatives from countries across the world convene in Bonn this week for the final climate negotiations in the lead-up to COP 21 this winter, the world’s only zero-fuel airplane.
“The only way to push governments to replace old polluting devices with clean and efficient technologies is to demonstrate the existence of solutions that can simultaneously save energy and natural resources, generate profit, create jobs and sustain economic growth. This is how the climate negotiations should be addressed” said Bertrand Piccard, Initiator, Chairman and pilot of Solar Impulse.
Piccard has participated in several climate conferences: “We will never improve the situation if we continue to speak of climate change as a big and expensive problem, or by asking people to reduce their lifestyle to protect nature. On the contrary, we should focus on the numerous clean technology solutions that reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in a profitable manner. ”
Andre Borschberg, Co-Founder, CEO and pilot of Solar Impulse comments on the coming closing of the Climate Change Conference in Bonn and the upcoming COP21 negotiations in Paris:”There are a lot of clean technologies that have been used to make Solar Impulse fly day and night without fuel – it is the first airplane with an unlimited endurance. Many of these energy efficient solutions are starting to be commercialized as they are economically attractive and have real potential to considerably reduce worldwide energy consumption. Favoring these technologies would surely help open new markets for the industries reducing CO2 emissions and energy costs simultaneously.”
In an effort to provide a platform where the public can support and provide input into the COP 21 process, Solar Impulse has launched the FutureIsClean.org Initiative with H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Mikhaïl Gorbatchev and Richard Branson, among others. The aim is to raise millions of voices from individuals, organizations and celebrities and urge governments to replace old polluting devices with new clean technologies that are more energy efficient.