Deutsche Bank – Responsibility
July 15, 2013

Deutsche Bank‘s climate project Solar Impulse pioneers meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

After completing a successful flight across America landing in New York, the two Solar Impulse pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. They spoke about their vision of combating climate change with innovative technologies and facilitating sustainable growth before the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Deutsche Bank has been supporting the project since 2006 as a main partner.

Solar Impulse Across America NewYork Events Week Ban-Ki Moon meeting

Three days after the successful landing of “Solar Impulse HB-SIA” in New York, Swiss Pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg accepted an invitation from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013. Before the United Nations Economic and Social Council, Ban Ki-Moon thanked the two men for the energy and resoluteness with which they have pursued a goal that others thought to be unattainable. The feat that they have now accomplished broadcasts an important message to people all over the world: “Let us take inspiration from your example and harness the power of multilateralism to address climate challenge and achieve sustainable development through innovating sustainable energy and renewable energy.”

Bertrand Piccard explained that the issue of global warning can only be solved by getting to the root of the problem: excessive energy consumption. “The therapy for treating that consists of clean technologies that are economically profitable and create jobs. People must not picture sustainable development as being expensive and difficult. We are quite certain that it is profitable and positive.” André Borschberg added: “We did not approach it with idea of replacing commercial airplanes. We wanted to show that it is already possible with today’s technology to use significantly less energy in a more sensible manner. We do not want to fly around the world to break records, but instead in order to spread our message and promote energy-saving technologies“.

On the evening of July 6th, 2013, Solar Impulse landed safely on the runway at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. That was the first time that an aircraft crossed the USA from coast to coast without using one single drop of kerosene. The solar aircraft was powered exclusively by solar energy – all day and all night.

Just over two months before, Solar Impulse took off on its tour of the USA in California. Roughly 5,650 kilometers and more than 100 flight hours lay behind the airplane and its pilots by the time it landed at JFK. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg took turns in the cockpit from one stage to the next.

The last stage – from Washington to New York – was especially challenging. André Borschberg cut the flight short because of a crack in the left wing, landing in New York three hours earlier than planned. But that has not diminished the success of the project. Because the technology that played the primary role worked without a hitch. Even with overcast skies, the rechargeable batteries stored sufficient solar energy for the airplane to fly all night long.

Deutsche Bank has been supporting Solar Impulse as a main partner since 2006 as part of its climate strategy. For us, the plan of Piccard and Borschberg’s team to fly around the world in a manned solar aircraft is a project of great visionary power. We regard it as our duty to support strategic measures aimed at combating climate change and promote efficient and sustainable energy use.

“Let us take inspiration from your example and harness the power of multilateralism to address climate challenge and achieve sustainable development through innovating sustainable energy and renewable energy.”

Ban Ki-Moon UN Secretary General

“We do not want to fly around the world to break records, but instead in order to spread our message and promote energy-saving technologies.”

Bertrand Piccard Solar Impulse pilot