An outstanding recognition from the UN
The MDI Founder, Mr. Guy Negre, would have been so proud to
participate to this unique event that recognises innovative
practices in energy for sustainable development. He has
dedicated his whole life to technological innovations, but
not only, as, as a real visionary, he always considered his
inventions as a way to serve people. Years before the Rio
Earth Summit, he integrated in his research the sustainable
aspects, and established a pillar of MDI philosophy and as
he said: “Pour avoir un réel impact l’écologie doit être
accessible à tous”. This can be translated as: “Sustainable
development will have a real impact only if it is accessible
Mr. Ban Ki - moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations
Group photo of the ceremony "Powering the future
In the presence of Mr. Ban Ki-moon (top left)
and Mr. Cyril Negre, CEO of MDI SA, (first row
on the right)
The way has been long and difficult. After several years of
involvement with manufacturing companies, while developing
Formula-one and airplanes engines, after having understood
that the way that cars were - and are - built is a nonsense,
he realised the impact of such engines and such crazy
manufacturing processes on each individual life and, on a
global point of view, on the planet itself.
Why think so narrowly?
Why not share in order to live better?
Why buy from the other side of the world what can be
produced in our own street?
Why destroy what can be recyclable?
Why sustainable transportation is a luxury?
With MDI, an idea was born, and with
it a challenge to make clean transportation available.
It took years to elaborate such a double disruptive program
based on non-superfluous,
and against the common knowledge and the resistance.
It took also years to make viable the
concept of running an engine, and a car, with air.
to return to a local manufacturing environment,
social friendly process of production,
to avoid polluting supply chain,
bring back workers' value in the factories:
Because of the unique synergy between a simple and efficient
technology, that uses the air that we all breathe as the
most available energy carrier on earth, and a specific
production concept where the vehicles are locally built into
many replicable micro factories, Guy Negre’s dream can now
be reached. The changing process has to be accelerated and
by thinking globally but acting locally we can together
implement sustainable transports through this revolutionary
way to produce and sell vehicles. The historical agreement
signed for the COP 21 in Paris has shown that it is the
right time to do so.
Members of the MDI team
attending the ceremony at the UN
The ultimate achievements allowed by the MDI philosophy are
to produce affordable and accessible clean transportations,
to bring back the human in the centre of all activities and
as Mr Ban Ki-moon said to protect and cherish our only home:
This is the exact definition of
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