Uber’s Climate Assessment and Performance Report
Our second annual Report details climate-related impacts, electrification performance and efficiency metrics for billions of passenger trips completed with the Uber app in Canada, Europe and the US.
The environmental impact of trips served by Uber’s platform matters. It is our responsibility to transparently report on performance and to take action to improve it. We measure impact by evaluating data gathered from the real-world use of our products, in order to provide greater transparency and improve our climate performance.
“The road to zero emissions requires transparency and being accountable for progress year after year. Uber is proud to be the first mobility platform to measure and report on emissions from customers’ real-world use of our products.”
– Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, Uber
Frequently asked questions
- What is in Uber’s latest Climate Assessment and Performance Report?
Our Climate Assessment and Performance Report provides city officials, environmental advocates, users and other stakeholders with performance-based metrics on climate-related emissions, electrification progress and efficiency metrics for passenger trips enabled by the Uber app.
Covering billions of rides served across the US, Canada and Europe from 2017 through the first half of 2021, this report summarises a vast amount of anonymised data gathered from drivers’ and riders’ real-world use of Uber’s platform.
- Why are you publishing this report?
The environmental impact of trips completed with Uber’s app matters. It is our responsibility to transparently report on performance and to take action to improve it. Our estimates show that emissions resulting from the use of our products are the most material component of Uber’s carbon footprint. This report, based on real-world use of our products, provides greater transparency on our climate impact and helps us improve performance.
For our first report, CAsPR 2020, go here.
- What are the key measurements you use in the Climate Assessment and Performance Report?
- EV use by drivers on Uber: share of on-trip miles or kilometres completed in zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs), which measures our progress toward our goal of 100% zero-emissions mobility on Uber by 2040
- Travel efficiency, which evaluates how well we help people move while minimising car use.
- Carbon intensity, which measures the emissions resulting from every passenger mile.
- How will this report improve carbon intensity for rides on Uber?
We have bold ambition to reduce the carbon intensity of every trip facilitated by Uber to zero emissions in the next 2 decades. We cannot reach that goal without knowing where we stand today.
We identify 4 pillars of investment to drive carbon-intensity reduction across all passenger trips taken with Uber:
- Build greener products that serve riders with no- or low-emissions mobility
- Support drivers with education, incentives and savings opportunities to enable a fair transition to zero-emissions vehicles
- Expand multimodal mobility options on Uber, including scooters, bikes and public transport
- Be transparent and accountable to the public along the way
Additionally, we hope the data as shared in this report contributes to, and acts as, a catalyst for ongoing development of sustainable transportation solutions.
- Do riders take trips with Uber instead of using lower-carbon options?
Rides with the Uber app are one of many transportation options available to riders. Trip choice depends a lot on various local market conditions.
This report is focused exclusively on quantifying the impact of rides using data gathered from drivers’ and riders’ real-world use of Uber’s app and purposely avoids counterfactual scenario modelling that would require us to make additional assumptions about what people do when not using our platform.
Rideshare trips on Uber’s platform are not designed to replace 100% of anyone’s trips, in private cars or otherwise. Ridesharing serves as occasional mobility insurance when other modes are unavailable or infeasible for some reason, rather than as a primary mode of travel for most people. Indeed, it has been known for years that Uber riders tend to own fewer cars and use more public transportation than the general population. Living a car-free or car-light lifestyle is one of the single most important steps a household can take to reduce their carbon footprint and reliable access to on-demand transportation, when it’s needed helps households achieve this. Read more in our October 2021 assessment about how on-demand trips – like those served by rideshare platforms and taxi fleets – only ever comprise a few percentage points of urban vehicle miles travelled. They play an important role as a supporting cast member in a larger transportation ecosystem, that should be led by public transportation and active modes such as biking, micro-mobility, and walking.
- Will you measure the same data for other countries or regions around the world?
We have added major European markets to our second annual report, published in 2021, and now cover passenger rides completed in the US, Canada and a large portion of our European market. We’re committed to regular reporting on climate emissions and other impact areas resulting from trips on Uber. We plan to expand the geographic scope of markets covered in the report over time.
- What about the Uber Eats, Delivery and Uber Freight businesses? Will you measure impact for these areas that now make up a large share of Uber’s business?
Our 2021 Report covers passenger rides completed in the US, Canada and a large portion of our European market. Over time, we plan to extend our approach on transparency, learnings and sustainability strategies to our delivery and freight businesses as well.
This page and the related Climate Assessment and Performance Report (“the report”) contain forward-looking statements regarding our future business expectations and goals, which involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated. For more information, please see our report.