Following a fairly non-eventful crossing of the Atlantic, Bertrand Piccard was greeted by a welcoming formation of Casa C-101 Aviojets, Spain’s Patrulla Águila flight demonstration team.
After three days and nights in the air, Piccard landed in the Spanish sunrise, also finalizing efforts to establish the International Committee of Clean Technology (ICCT), whose goal is to continue Solar Impulse’s legacy, “promoting concrete energy efficient solutions in order to solve many of the challenges facing society today.”
While “Until recently, protecting the environment was expensive and threatened our society’s comfort, mobility and growth. Today, thanks to modern clean technologies, the energy consumption of the world, and therefore the C02 emissions, could be divided by two, while creating jobs and enhancing profits. The International Committee of Clean Technologies will work in this direction,”
Bertrand Piccard and Andre’ Borschberg launched the #futureisclean initiative a few months ago. A non-governmental organization composed of 400 global organizations. It has been endorsed by patrons such as H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Richard Branson and Kofi Annan, “who have already dedicated their work to the environment and clean technology.” They will advise governments and enterprises on how best to benefit from the clean technologies we see reaching fulfillment every day.
Borschberg concluded, “The International Committee of Clean Technologies is a fantastic opportunity to bring together a group of experts, with diverse experiences and backgrounds, to speak in one voice and leverage the efforts needed to bring change and influence global decision makers in the areas of clean technologies and renewable energy,”
Let us hope, for the future of the planet, that SI2 is a symbol of coming successes.