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‘Show that green solutions are profitable’ – solar pilot

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The Solar Impulse Foundation has launched a challenge to find 1,000 solutions that can protect the environment in a profitable way.

Speaking on the eve of the 9th Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in Copenhagen, foundation initiator and chairman Bertrand Piccard announced the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label – a scheme to accredit 1,000 solutions that meet criteria for technological feasibility, environmental and socio-economic benefits and economic profitability.

To be considered for assessment, the proposed solutions must be products, processes or services contributing to achieving one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), affordable and clean energy (SDG 7), industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11) 
and responsible consumption and production (SDG 12). 

They must also have reached a minimum maturity level of at-scale prototype testing to be eligible for consideration, thus having already identified a concrete application scenario. 

“Imagine the impact that this will have on the world: 1,000 clean and efficient solutions with a label proving their profitability. They have the potential to create jobs and boost clean economic growth, while also reducing CO2 emissions and preserving natural resources. This is much more than ecological, it is logical!” said Piccard.

“Each time I speak of protecting the environment to heads of state or government officials, they tell me that it is too expensive. This label is a strong message to them: solutions exist, and represent the biggest market opportunity of our century.”

Piccard was one of the initiators of the Solar Impulse project to build a solar-powered aircraft and fly it around the world. In 2019, he will undertake a new round-the-world journey to present the 1,000 labelled solutions to decision-makers in businesses and governments. This aims at encouraging them to adopt more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies.

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