Setting a Good Example with Electric Cars
It is hard to believe that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, has been trying to get the world to take greenhouse gas emissions seriously for 21 years now. We still have very little to show for so much effort. This year’s annual meeting, dubbed COP 21, will be held in Paris this December.
For the first time in the 21 year history of the meeting, the 20,000 delegates from 195 countries will set a good example for the rest of the world by being shuttled around Paris in fully electric cars. The Renault-Nissan Alliance will provide a fleet of 200 all-electric vehicles as the official passenger-car provider for the summit.
“We are delighted to announce that the Renault-Nissan Alliance is an official partner of COP 21 in Paris. The Alliance’s fleet of 100% electric vehicles will contribute to our goal of achieving a carbon neutral event. The technology of electric vehicles helps reduce greenhouse gases in the transportation sector efficiently,” said Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, President of COP 21.
The COP 21 car fleet will feature the Renault ZOE subcompact car, the Renault Kangoo Z.E. van, the Renault Fluence Z.E. sedan, the Nissan LEAF compact car and the 7-seater Nissan e-NV200 van.
The goals of the Paris summit are to have a new global climate-change agreement in place by the end of 2015 and to have the Climate Green Fund, established to help developing countries adapt to climate change and reduce emissions, start allocating funds.
The United Nations should also look at offsetting the greenhouse gases produced by 20,000 people flying to Paris for the event.
Tracey is an accountant and entrepreneur with a passion for nature. This passion is what spurred her interest in renewable energy, and the rest is history as they say. Tracey is a principal in Energy Think Group, the publisher of Solar Thermal Magazine and Tek-Think. She is also the principal at Women's Financial Help Desk. She spends her free time in the outdoors with her horses and dogs. She loves to travel.