UNEP and Daimler Call for Infrastructure for Electric and Fuel-cell Vehicles


4 July 2008: At the

fifth Magdeburg Environmental Forum held from 3-4 July 2008, in Magdeburg,

Germany, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and car manufacturer

Daimler called for the establishment of infrastructure for electric and

fuel-cell vehicles.

The call is part of

the extension of UNEP/Daimler's Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of

reinforcing dialogue and a joint commitment for emission-free mobility among

all parties. Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, said “climate change,

congestion and the rising cost of fossil fuels demand transformative solutions

to national and global mobility challenges.” He noted that a range of actors,

from car makers who seize the opportunities to harness cutting edge

technologies and forge partnerships with innovative fuel makers to city

planners, can make the transitions society so urgently need. At this

international conference, 250 high-ranking representatives from industry,

science, politics and non-government organizations discussed solutions for future

road transportation under the motto of “Sustainable Mobility– the Post-2012 CO2

Agenda.” [Fifth

Magdeburg Environment Forum] [Daimler

Press Release]