A transportation system based on personal car use is inefficient and unsustainable. Can a future with more shared and active mobility mean cleaner, happier cities? We think so.
Our current mobility system is centered around throngs of individuals in their own personal cars. It’s not only incredibly inefficient, it’s simply unsustainable for our future cities. At Uber, our goal is to make every journey a shared one. When we help more people move with fewer, fuller, and more efficient cars, we can save fuel and improve air quality with every trip. Just what our cities need.
Transportation’s carbon footprint is immense
The impact our current mobility system has on our carbon footprint cannot be overstated. Climate emissions from transportation account for about one-quarter of the global footprint and have been growing faster than those from any other sector in the last 2 decades. In cities, the impact can be even worse. In some urban areas, transportation accounts for more than half of climate emissions. We have to do better.
Shared trips are more sustainable trips
uberPOOL makes a difference
Shared trips mean fewer empty seats and the need for fewer cars, which can reduce the contribution to congestion. More people in fewer, fuller, more efficient cars can mean less environmental impact per person. And lower prices promise better access to affordable transit for people in rural and underserved areas, where existing infrastructure doesn’t reach.
uberPOOL delivers a huge impact in Los Angeles
To illustrate the potential impact of uberPOOL in Los Angeles since 2015: based on an average of 50 mpg for Uber trips, 57,395,000 miles were avoided; 1,147,900 gallons of gasoline didn’t have to be used; and 10,228,000 kg of CO2 emissions were prevented because riders opted to share their trip with uberPOOL.
Cleaner air in London
The air quality in our big cities is a growing problem—and one that affects us all. At Uber we’re determined to play our part in tackling air pollution across the UK. That’s why we announced a Clean Air Plan with a series of measures for drivers, riders, and cities.
Our goal for London: 100% trips by hybrid or battery-electric cars
Our goal for London is a big one: by the end of 2019, we want every car available on uberX in London to be hybrid or fully electric.
We know getting to a 100% hybrid uberX fleet isn’t going to be easy. That’s why we’re offering £5,000 incentives to drivers who go hybrid.
Clean Air Fund allows licensed drivers who use our app across the UK to access up to £5,000 toward the cost of upgrading their car to a hybrid or fully electric vehicle.
uberGREEN takes a step toward sustainable mobility
uberGREEN is a new pilot project in which we offer rides in all-electric or hybrid cars in select cities. Since it is a pilot project, uberGREEN may be restricted to some areas, especially in rush hour.