Updated: Jun 9
Ride-hailing giant Uber has announced a range of new features aimed at incentivising riders around the world to make greener choices when using its services.
Among these is an in-app feature called Rider Emissions Savings, which allows passengers to track the CO2 emissions they have avoided by taking zero-carbon trips through Uber Green and Comfort Electric. The company aims to eliminate emissions on all Uber Eats deliveries globally by 2040 and end unnecessary restaurant plastic waste by 2030.
Uber intends to achieve these goals through partnerships with leading environmental organisations such as the World Wildlife Fund, as well as e-mobility pioneers such as Cooltra and Human Forest, to increase car-free deliveries. The company has already committed to becoming a zero-emissions mobility platform in London by 2025, in Europe and North America by 2030, and globally by 2040.
Uber operates in more than 10,000 cities with approximately 1 million trips completed each hour. By providing riders with a means to more easily choose zero-carbon rides, the Rider Emissions Savings feature is expected to help Uber double down on its zero-emissions goals and promote more sustainable mobility practices.
Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber CEO, said: "Driving down emissions is the defining challenge of our generation, and every day we make dozens of choices that impact the planet, from the food we eat to the transportation we choose.
“While our personal values guide these decisions, convenience does too, which is why Uber is making it easier for millions to make greener choices, one ride and delivery at a time. The small changes we're announcing today add up to something big: building sustainability into the core user experience across our global platform to reach our zero-emissions goals together.”