As wildfires still blaze through the hills of California, one e-hail company has committed to fighting global climate change and building a greener tomorrow.
Earlier in the week, Uber unveiled its plans to combat global climate change through four key actions centred round the transition to electric vehicles and therefore the proliferation of sustainable alternative travel options, like e-bikes and e-scooters.
“Instead of going back to business as was common, Uber is taking this moment as a chance to scale back our environmental impact. It’s our responsibility because the largest mobility platform within the world to more aggressively tackle the challenge of global climate change . we would like to try to our part to create back better and drive a green recovery in our cities,” said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.
By 2040, Uber has committed to being a totally zero-emission platform, with all trips booked through the app happening either in zero-emission vehicles, on transportation system or using micro-mobility options.
Additionally, the corporate has said that each trip was taken within the U.S., Canadian and European cities will happen in electric vehicles by 2030. the corporate also plans to satisfy net-zero emissions from its corporate operations by 2030.
“All told, hitting these goals would put us a decade before Paris Climate Agreement targets,” Khosrowshahi said.
To help achieve these goals, Uber has announced that it’ll expand and incentivize its Uber Green program, which allows riders to pay $1 extra to travel during a fully electric or hybrid vehicle.
By the top of 2020, Uber Green are going to be available in 65 cities around the world, and riders who choose Uber Green will earn 3x the Uber Reward points, as against the 2x Uber Reward points riders receive after booking an UberX.
The company is additionally encouraging its drivers to transition to cleaner cars, with Uber committing over $800 million to assist many thousands of drivers to switch to electric vehicles by 2025.
Drivers also will be incentivized to modify to electric vehicles with the chance to earn up to a further $1.50 per trip when driving a zero-emission vehicle.
Uber also will invest in growing its multimodal transportation network so as to discourage personal car usage by expanding its fleet of e-bikes and e-scooters, additionally to partnering with local transit agencies to integrate mass transit systems into the Uber app.
“The world is at a critical juncture, and that we all have a task to play. Uber is aiming high. We’ll seek to create the foremost efficient, decarbonized, and multimodal platform within the world for on-demand mobility. While we’re not the primary to line ambitious goals in transitioning to EVs, we shall be the primary to form it happen,” said Khosrowshahi.
“Competing on sustainability may be a win for the planet, and today we challenge other mobility platforms to transparency, accountability, and more action,” he added.