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Rio+20 Highlights Need for Zero-Emission Vehicles

A conference on Sustainable Development which is the largest environmental summit in the whole world will be attended by representatives of the United Nations. These representatives will be shuttled by a fleet of electric vehicles from the Renault-Nissan Alliance. This conference will take place in Rio de Janeiro and is scheduled from June 13 to 22. This is for the very first time that a zero-emission car fleet will be used by the United Nations to shuttle the representatives.

Rio+20 is the nickname given to the summit and more than 50,000 representatives that also includes 400 United Nations representatives are expected to participate in the summit in order to mark the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit in Rio. The Earth Summit of the United Nations will focus on developing plans for environmental protection, economic growth and social equity.

Kathleen Abdalla, Chief of Rio+20’s logistics and organization at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs in the United Nations, stated that the 'sustainable city' is a significant subject of Rio+20 which also highlights the need for zero-emission vehicles in urban areas in order to improve the quality of life in these areas. Abdalla further added the Rio+20 will focus on demonstrating the elimination of tailpipe emissions and reduction of noise pollution with the usage of zero-emission vehicles.

The RioCentro convention area comprises shuttles that include Nissan LEAF, Renault Kangoo Z.E. and Renault Fluence Z.E.

  • Nissan LEAF comprises more than 32,000 units and was sold in three continents
  • Renault Kangoo Z.E. was regarded as the international van of the year 2012 and also known as the electric light commercial van
  • Renault Fluence Z.E. was sold in Europe towards the end of 2011.


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Gary graduated from the University of Manchester with a first-class honours degree in Geochemistry and a Masters in Earth Sciences. After working in the Australian mining industry, Gary decided to hang up his geology boots and turn his hand to writing. When he isn't developing topical and informative content, Gary can usually be found playing his beloved guitar, or watching Aston Villa FC snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.


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