As the renewable energy industry prepares for the start of the highly anticipated United Nation Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris today, the world’s largest solar-powered boat has sailed in to the European city and is anchored on the river Seine in Paris for the duration of climate talks.

The sustainable vessel represents a key discussion point at the talks and draw attention to the important issues of ocean plastic waste and maritime emissions. Conference delegates and the public will be able to board the zero-emitting boat and discover the actual extent of plastic pollution in the oceans to coincide with the conference, which is taking place in Le Bourget, France, from 30 November to 11 December.

COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

France will play a leading international role in hosting this seminal conference, and COP21 will be one of the largest international conferences ever held in the country. The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.

As a global renewable energy solutions provider, including design, engineering, construction and maintenance of solar energy projects, Vergnet recognises the importance of showcasing renewable innovation in unique ways at pivotal events such as COP21.

With over 25 years’ experience, Vergnet provide adaptable turnkey solar photovoltaic energy solutions that enable clean, affordable energy generation, tailored to the needs of the project and environment. Vergnet’s recent renewable projects including a solar farm in the Republic of Kiribati, which will supply 855MWh of energy and save 227,000 litres of diesel per year, and a hybrid power plant in Kiffa, Mauritania, the first of its kind in the West African sub region.

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