UNDP Promotes Clean Energy Transport at Olympics

UN agency helps Chinese authorities promote clean energy transport at Olympics

31 July 2008: As part of the efforts to make the Beijing

Olympics environmentally friendly, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is

providing four electric buses for use during the Games.

The vehicles will be part of a fleet of 50 that will

transport athletes between the Olympic Village and the sports venues. Subinay

Nandy, UNDP Country Director, explained that UNDP's contribution aimed not only

to help reduce the Olympics' carbon footprint, but also to raise awareness

among the general public on the options for sustainable public transport in

China. The country's oil-dependent transport sector is projected to be a major

source of emissions in the near future. After the Olympics, the four buses will

become part of Beijing's general public transport system. [UN

press release, 31 July 2008]