Dr. Julianna Priskin is currently travelling with the Zero Race to report daily about the event and environmental projects people are participating in around the world where the expedition passes through.
The ZERO Race is an 80-day around the world event by a group of completely electric cars. It is race for clean technology and to save the world. The ZERO Race is a Swiss initiative of Louis Palmer, and represents a natural continuation of his Solartaxi Project, which was the first circumnavigation of the planet in a solar-powered car that attracted the attention of an estimated 770 million people world-wide. In the ZERO Race, a variety of electric cars from all over the world join the global journey to help fulfill its mission.
The mission of the ZERO Race is to educate, raise public awareness, inspire and help governments and people to take action towards a sustainable future.
(1) AWARENESS to prove that electric cars running on renewable energies
provide a reliable and ecological solution for human transport and mobility.
(2) EDUCATION to raise public awareness worldwide about ZERO-emission technology and involve major government stakeholders.
(3) INSPIRATION to create new ways of thinking about mobility, cars and
(4) ACTION to show that practical solutions exist towards protecting the future of the planet and its inhabitants.
The ZERO Race will involve many public events, press conferences and spread the following messages on its global tour:
This is a race to save the world; it is a race for clean technology.
This is a race to Cancun to Seal the Deal at the UN Climate Change Conference.
This is a race towards the future and the future is Green.
This race stands for an ecological, economical and efficient lifestyle change: it is possible!
The ZERO Race is governed by a set of rules and regulations, administered by its organizing entity based in Switzerland. Louis Palmer is the Managing Director of the ZERO Race and the event has a patronage committee composed of well-known individuals and experts. These include Achim Steiner (UN Under Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme) and Bianca Jagger (Chair, World Futures Council).
The ZERO Race is supported by UNEP and is an official Partner of the Sustainable Energy Europe (SEE) Campaign, an initiative of the European Commission.
When and Where
The inaugural ZERO Race in 2010 will start and finish in Geneva, Switzerland. The journey will lead eastwards through Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan and North America. The ZERO Race will visit around 150 cities, including Paris, Moscow, Shanghai, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Madrid.
The Zero Race Organiser
As the first man ever to circumnavigate the world in a solar car, Louis Palmer is now inviting others to join him and drive around the world showcasing renewable energies and electric mobility. For more information see the Zero Race website.
Zero Race facts
The ZERO Race is planned and managed according to sustainable development principles. The ZERO Race’s sustainable policies are wide-ranging and include, for example:
Only 100% electric vehicles are permitted to participate in the event
All vehicles must be powered 100% by renewable energy produced and fed into the grid during the Race.
The ZERO Race is a 100% carbon neutral event. All unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions generated in its planning and implementation will be compensated by purchasing offsets from a credible organization.
All participants are required to adhere to a responsible code of conduct to ensure a socially and environmentally responsible event.