Šefčovič, Piccard to foster EU innovative solutions

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Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered plane piloted by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard lands just before midnight at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, US, April 23, 2016.

Commission, World Alliance for Efficient Solutions to launch partnership


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On 28 March, European Commission Vice President Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and Solar Impulse Foundation Chairman Bertrand Piccard will inaugurate an exhibition in Brussels dedicated to the zero fuel airplane Solar Impulse that Piccard flew around the World and exchange views on the cooperation with World Alliance for Efficient Solutions.

“We will launch a partnership with the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, to provide our innovators in Europe with international reach and make sure that the members of the Alliance work well with our Smart cities and regions,” Šefčovič said.

“I am also delighted that Bertrand Piccard will join me on some destinations of the Energy Union Tour to jointly engage with citizens, civil society and businesses on how to make the energy transition a tangible reality. Solar flight illustrates the potential of energy efficiency. Using energy in an efficient manner is central to our Energy Union strategy because it helps cutting emissions, brings savings to consumers, and reduces the EU’s fossil fuel import dependency,” he said.

The event will also provide an opportunity for Piccard, the co-pilot of the first successful around-the-world solar flight, to present the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, a global initiative to demonstrate that concrete, tangible and efficient solutions can help reach our goals for a more sustainable future, the Commission said, adding that the strong links between the World Alliance agenda and that of the Energy Union will be showcased with concrete projects, and a partnership will be announced between the Commission and the World Alliance to help foster EU innovative solutions that will make a difference globally.

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