The Solar Impulse Foundation started with Bertrand Piccard’s impossible vision: to fly around the world without using a single drop of fuel. The solar plane built for this project, Solar Impulse 2, proved to the world that humankind could achieve incredible feats with renewable energy and clean technology. Five years ago, Bertrand Piccard concluded his record-breaking flight around the world in a solar-powered airplane. The performance demonstrated what clean technologies can do and triggered the creation of the Solar Impulse Foundation to accelerate the wide adoption of clean technologies. For Bertrand Piccard what has been accomplished in the air can be done on the ground. Arguing that the solutions to protect the planet in a profitable way exist, he launched a new gigantic project: finding 1000+ solutions that prove enough ingenious and innovative drive to protect the environment and do it without renouncing human progress and comfort – because they boost economic growth at the same time. The challenge was clear: find 1000+ products, processes, or services that work for both the environment and the economy.
On Tuesday, April 13th, 2021, the Solar Impulse Foundation celebrated reaching the 1000 Solutions milestone that results from a combined effort between the Foundation’s Team and all the Innovators, Experts, Partners, Investors, and Seekers. As one of the Solar Impulse Foundation Solutions, MAX International and MAXStick are proud to be among innovators, experts, scientists, financiers, business leaders, politicians, and we want to show the exciting side of the ecological transition that creates jobs and offers new industrial opportunities.
We are optimistic. Since the success of the first solar-powered round-the-world flight, the Solar Impulse Foundation, its experts and partners have identified, assessed and labeled 1,000 technological solutions capable of protecting the environment in a financially profitable way. These solutions are clean, efficient, cost-effective… and available today. They reduce the environmental impact of construction and mobility, industry and agriculture, water and energy consumption, while ensuring economic development and social prosperity for all. Not in a century, nor a decade, but today.
Climate policy is a story of false promises and resistance to change by those who still believe they must choose between ecology and economy. Too many governments and companies are announcing carbon neutrality targets for 2050 without having concrete solutions to achieve them. As part of the 1,000 Solutions, we will change that.