The people of Karlsruhe provide climate-friendly vision of mobility for the future
Karlsruhe, December 2015. Within the scope of the “SolutionsCOP21 – Celebrate the Champions Night” at the Grand Palais on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Karlsruhe company e-volo GmbH received the award “Climate Champion COP 21” for their Volocopter, a helicopter operated by electricity. Frans Nauta, head of Climate-KIC Netherlands, presented the prize to the managing directors Alex Zosel and Florian Reuter as part of the festive event on the 4th of December. Nauta described the Volocopter as an environment-friendly mobility concept of the future with which public transport could partially “take off” into the third dimension in the near future. In the process, no transport infrastructure, such as roads, tunnels, or bridges, would have to be built and carbon dioxide emissions would also not increase during flight operation. Therefore, valuable natural landscapes can be preserved. The international award is a special honor for e-volo since it values the efforts of the Karlsruhe startup for mobility that is ecologically acceptable.
In total, the award was given to three companies whose technology has the potential to positively contribute to containing climate change in the near future. The two other award winners were from the Netherlands and France. Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland and High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations, gave the keynote address for the “Celebrate the Champions Night“. In her speech about the Volocopter, Robinson said, “I am thrilled with the innovative capacity of the three companies awarded with the ‘Climate Champion Award’ tonight. My grandchildren would love the electric helicopter”. Furthermore, she explained that it is important to set technologies against climate change and to spread them from Europe into the whole world just like the ones of the three startups selected as Climate Champions. Robinson called for more global cooperation in order to develop solutions for climate change together. Moreover, she praised the members of the Climate-KIC for their efforts to take a leading role worldwide during the transition to a low-carbon society.
After the award ceremony, a high-ranking panel discussed climate change and the objectives of COP21. Among them was the German climate researcher Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, chairman of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) and long-time member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Schellnhuber is one of the most renowned climate experts worldwide and provides the Federal Government with advice.
Furthermore, the e-volo GmbH used the stay in Paris and the event to have first conversations with representatives of the French aviation authorities (DGAC, FFPLUM) on the authorization of the Volocopter in France as well as with people interested in distributing in the area.
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