Nicolas Hulot commented:
“In 2015, France will host the world conference on climate change. This is a very important event not just for France, but also for the world. This is when the international community will officially agree on the scale of the climate change crisis. We will have to find solutions to make this humanely and economically manageable. Given how difficult it is to reach a consensus on its level, it is vital to be positive, rather than pessimistic, and focus people’s attention on the solutions.
“The goal of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation is to build up collective awareness of what a positive future can look like. Demonstrating today’s capabilities with initiatives such as the Zero-emissions Energy Challenge, in addition to locally implemented solutions within small businesses and communities, reveals a path that can be scaled up to benefit the wider society.
“What I like about Phil’s project is that he uses creativity to pro-actively take his part in our transition towards a circular economy model.”
“Our project goal is to showcase the potential of the latest innovations in renewable energy production. The Vendée Globe crosses hostile and isolated territories such as the Southern Ocean. Demonstrating this zero-emissions vehicle in extreme environments, producing its own energy in total autonomy represents a powerful statement in today’s capabilities, enabling an accelerated transition towards sustainable energy models.
“Achieving our energy transition to a circular model is essential for all of us, and for this reason, I am very proud to be an ambassador of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation”.
The Vendée Globe Energy Challenge team are currently putting together a community of interest and reaching out to corporate partners that can benefit from the association with a powerful innovation platform breaking new grounds in energy management.