United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Media advisory: UN environment chief welcomes zero emissions car race to Cancun

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Two Electric Cars and Electric Motorbike Arrive at Climate Talks After Crossing Four Continents

Date: Tuesday 7 December

Time: 08:20 to 08:55 (Cancun time)

Venue: Departure at the foyer of Club Med Cancun, Blvd. Kukulcan Km.21, Quintana Roo at 08:20,

Arrival at Westin Hotel, Blvd Kukulcan KM 20, Quintana Roo at around 08:35,

Interviews/photo opportunities until 08:55

Three of four electric vehicles which departed on a round-the-world race from the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on 15 August have made it to Cancun, Mexico to show-case alternative transport and its role in combating climate change.

The teams come from Australia, Germany and Switzerland. A fourth team from South Korea was unfortunately unable to complete the course. The Zero Emissions Race is the brainchild of environmentalist and adventurer Louis Palmer who, in 2008, became the first person to circumnavigate the world in a solar-powered car. The vehicle, named the 'Solar Taxi', can be seen on the UNEP homepage www.unep.org

Delegates including UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, Nobuo Tanaka, head of the International Energy Agency and Kandeh K. Yumkella, head of the UN Industrial Development Organization are at the Westin attending a meeting of the Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development that commences at 09:00.

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