A global initiative for efficient solutions
On 14 November, during COP23, ADEME officially joined the World Alliances for Efficient Solutions, an initiative launched by the Solar Impulse Foundation following the success of the first round-the-world flight by a solar-powered airplane.
According to Bertrand Piccard, the president of the Solar Impulse Foundation, and the pilot who flew the 100% electric airplane around the world between March 2015 and July 2016: “We need to embrace clean technologies, not because they are ‘eco-logical,’ but because they are ‘logical’”. It was this reasoning, which instigated the creation of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, launched by Bertrand Piccard late 2016 during COP22 in Marrakesh. Piccard had explained at the time: “The global ambition of the Alliance – a direct legacy of the Solar Impulse project – is to promote solutions that allow us to meet environmental and health objectives in order to improve the quality of life on Earth and to bridge the gap between ecology and economy”.
Promote, unite, advise
On 14 November, the Alliance used the COP23 in Bonn as an opportunity to hold its first General assembly in the presence of its first official members. It was only natural for ADEME to express an interest in joining the clean technology initiative. Indeed, a partnership agreement was signed on 30 October by ADEME President Bruno Lechevin and the President of the Solar Impulse Foundation, Bertrand Piccard, in the presence of the Minister for the Ecological and Solidary Transition. Aside from ADEME, the Alliance is made up of start-ups, companies, institutions and organizations that produce, exploit and support the use of clean technology. To date, around 500 potential members were identified by the Solar Impulse Foundation. Eventually, the aim will be to unite the main global actors of the clean technology sector in order to foster collaborations, promote clean and profitable solutions and present them to the various governments. ADEME boasts a high level of expertise in terms of knowledge and promotion of clean energy industries in France and internationally. The agency, which supports a number of innovative French projects as part of the Investments for the Future programme and the International ADEME Club, will be able to share its experience and network with the rest of the Alliance members. The Agency will also take part in the identification and mobilization of French eco-friendly businesses that are likely to join the Alliance. They face a serious challenge: the Alliance aims to select 1,000 economically profitable solutions by the end of 2018 and to present them to institutions and governments during a second general assembly at the time of COP24, which will be held in Poland in 2018.
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On July 2016, the Solar Impulse airplane, powered exclusively by solar energy, landed in Abu Dhabi, a year and four months after its departure. It had just completed a round the world trip without a drop of fuel, an unprecedented achievement for the aviation industry. Success wasn’t achieved overnight, however. Thirteen years had passed from the moment the idea had germinated in 2003 to the moment the plane landed successfully; thirteen years of research, trials and cold sweats that eventually led to the design of a completely new type of aircraft.