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Posted: 5th November 2021

The Solar Impulse Foundation presented their extensive Solutions Guide to the Scottish Government and whisky maker The Glenmorangie Company at COP26. The guide details technologies and processes that could help Scotland and one of its iconic industries reduce their carbon footprints. 


Bertrand Piccard, founder of Solar Impulse Foundation met with Peter Nelson, Operations Director with Glenmorangie at COP where they discussed their ongoing partnership and how the wider whisky industry can innovate.


With the 26th edition of the UN Climate Change Conference gathering in Glasgow, the Solar Impulse Foundation and Bertrand Piccard have selected clean and profitable solutions to help its host country and one of its most iconic industries pave the way to carbon neutrality. This selection comes in the form of a Solutions Guide, a 200-page report that proposes technological solutions that already exist today to protect the environment in a financially profitable way.


As part of the study, the Foundation looked at the Scottish context – its industries, specific challenges, and its ambitious climate plan for 2032 – and identified solutions whose implementation in the Scottish context would allow the country to reduce its carbon footprint while growing its economy.


Bertrand Piccard, Founder and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation, said: “At the Solar Impulse Foundation, we admire the pioneering countries and corporations who set ambitious climate neutrality goals and want to support them by providing practical solutions that will help them in achieving their goals.”


Scotch Whisky is one of the most iconic pillars of Scotland’s economy and reducing the carbon footprint of this industry sets a clear direction of travel for the country. Therefore, the Foundation has teamed up with The Glenmorangie Company, the Single Malt Scotch Whisky producer, a Maison within the LVMH group, to lead the way in showcasing how the industry’s environmental transition can effectively take place. To this end, the Solutions Guide identifies technologies that could contribute to the company reaching its environmental objectives. These objectives align with Moët Hennessy’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% by 2030 and the overall industry objective to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, as laid out in the Scotch Whisky Association’s Climate Strategy. The company welcomes SIF’s proposed solutions and will investigate them as part of its overall Sustainability Strategy.


Antoine Arnault, Image & Environment, LVMH, commented: “The Solar Impulse Foundation proves not only that ecology is not opposed to economy, but that concrete solutions exist. At LVMH, we can see that they are applicable. The objective of our partnership since 2019 is to develop and apply solutions to fight global warming effectively. At the time of COP26 in Glasgow, the example of our Scottish Maison Glenmorangie is a perfect illustration of this.”


Thomas Moradpour, President and CEO of The Glenmorangie Company, said: “We are partnering with The Solar Impulse Foundation in looking for innovative solutions to our long term energy needs here in Scotland. The SIF approach serves to remind us all that there are exciting technologies emerging which benefit businesses in their quests to reduce carbon footprints.”


The solutions selected in the Solutions Guides are part of a much broader portfolio of 1000+ solutions that the Solar Impulse Foundation has labelled for being climate-friendly and profitable. Everyone can discover them in the Foundation’s Solutions Explorer.


  • Access the Solutions Explorer here
  • Join us at the Solutions Explorer Series at COP26 for a first-hand experience!
  • Find the Solutions Guide for Scotland & the Glenmorangie Company here.
  • Re-watch the Facebook Live Chat at COP26 with Bertrand Piccard, The Glenmorangie Company’s Peter Nelson and the Scotch Whisky Association’s Fraser Grieve here.

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