Government of Mexico City installs the world’s largest sustainable ice skating rink
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Mexico City, 11/21/2019 During the week of December 9 – 13, the Government of Mexico City will install the world’s largest ice rink on the city’s main square, Zócalo. For the first time in history, this year’s rink will be a waterless, zero-energy Eco-Rink provided by Glice, a Swiss manufacturer of Eco-Ice based on a complex molecular technology. Compared to the traditional refrigerated Zócalo rink of previous years, the eco-friendly alternative will save 185,000 liters of water and the average monthly energy consumption of 3,700 households. Co-Founder and CEO Viktor Meier sums up the Swiss technology stating, “Glice looks like ice, glides like ice, but isn’t ice.”
“Our new Eco-Rink offers the joy of ice skating without the negative environmental impact related to the operation of conventional ice rinks,” said Claudia Sheinbaum, Head of Government Mexico City. Furthermore, skaters don’t get wet, and the shock-absorbing properties of the Eco-Ice decrease the risk of injuries. Local residents benefit from the absence of generator noises. The rink has a capacity of 1,000 skaters.
“We are very proud to bring our Glice Rink to Mexico City and enable the local community to enjoy ice fun in a sustainable way,” said Hans Broder, Director Glice Mexico, about the upcoming installation. Glice Eco-Ice is operated without water, energy and CO2 emissions, but functions like regular ice.
The Eco-Rink in the heart of Mexico City will be open to the public from December 15 to the first week of January, during these opening hours: 10a.m. – 9p.m.
Founded as a start-up in 2012, Glice has completed more than 1,000 installations in over 80 countries, from classic winter sport nations to the tropics. The Eco-Rink technology uses no power, water, chemicals or resurfacing equipment. Glice was present at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
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