The Solar Impulse Foundation, the organisation behind the world’s first solar flight, introduced its new action—the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions— at COP23 this week.
One thousand solutions that can protect the environment in a profitable way will be selected and brought to decision makers at COP24 to encourage them to adopt more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies.
The need for closer alignment between the private and the public sector to accelerate climate action has been a focus at this year’s COP. Following its achievement of the first solar flight around the world, the Solar Impulse Foundation and its Initiator, Chairman and Pilot, Bertrand Piccard, want to exemplify what is possible with current innovation.
“All the solutions we need in every field are not on the market. They’re hidden in start-ups, in universities, in labs… This is where the governments have such a huge responsibility and power—to set the legal framework to pull innovation into the market,” said Piccard.
The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions aims to assist governments in this endeavour. So far, they have 420 members, which are made up start-ups, corporations, investors, and associations.
Its network of innovators will be able to start submitting solutions for assessment in early 2018. The alliance’s independent experts will then start identifying potential ‘efficient solutions’. These aren’t limited to renewable energies, and can also include other products, services, clean technologies, and processes.
The alliance is looking for solutions that help achieve the following five United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): Clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, industry innovation and infrastructure, sustainable cities and communities, and responsible consumption and production.
The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions emphasises the profitability of green innovation as a political and economic incentive for countries, claiming we’re now at a turning point: In the past, cleantech was not profitable, but today it is. Viability, deployability and sustainability will be the criteria on which solutions will be selected.
“Finally we can reconcile economy and ecology,” said Piccard.