A fleet of electric vehicles from the Renault-Nissan Alliance
is shuttling United Nations delegates at its Conference on
Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, the world's
largest environmental summit.
The conference, which runs from June 13-22, marks the first
time the UN will use a dedicated zero-emission car fleet for
shuttling its delegates.
More than 50,000 delegates, including 400 from the UN, are
expected to attend the summit -- nicknamed "Rio+20"
-- to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the United
Nations' Earth Summit in Rio, where countries agreed to a
blueprint for economic growth, social equity and
"One important subject of Rio+20 is the 'sustainable
city,' and zero-emission vehicles can be an integral part
ensuring quality of life in urban areas," said Kathleen
Adballa, Chief of the organization and logistics of Rio+20 at
the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
"We are glad to have zero-emission vehicles added to our
fleet. In this way, we can see and demonstrate how EVs can
reduce noise pollution and eliminate tailpipe emissions. In
Brazil, where most electricity is generated from renewable
and local sources, electric vehicles are an excellent low
carbon transport option."
Interview with Kathleen Abdalla, United Nations Department of
Economic and Social Affairs
Kathleen Abdalla is Chief of the organization and
logistics of Rio+20 at the United Nations Department of
Economic and Social Affairs. Thanks to her, the EVs from the
Renault-Nissan Alliance are part of the official UN shuttle
service at Rio+20.