Millions of trips a day. Zero emissions.
That’s our commitment to every single person on the planet who travels with Uber. The path there will be electric. It will be shared. It will be with buses and trains and bicycles and scooters. These monumental changes won’t come easy. Or fast. But we have a plan to get there, and we need you to come along for the ride.
Launch Clean Air Plan with the aim of making every car on the app in London fully electric by 2025
Announce global commitment to becoming a zero-emission mobility platform
Hundreds of thousands of drivers globally transition to electric vehicles (EVs) through our Green Future programme
Uber is operating as a zero-emission mobility platform in major cities in Europe, the US and Canada
100% of trips globally are in zero-emission vehicles or through micromobility and public transport
Partnering to fight climate change
Globally, Uber has struck a number of industry-first partnerships to make it easier and more affordable for drivers to switch to electric vehicles (EVs) and lower their operating costs.
In the UK, Uber and BP Chargemaster have announced a partnership to give drivers who use the Uber app access to discounts when using the BP charging network and when installing smart Homecharge charging points. From autumn 2020, drivers will also be able to access Uber-dedicated charging points at a series of rapid charging hubs that BP is rolling out. The first EV charging hub will open in Westminster in London.
We’re also collaborating with leading electric car manufacturers. Our partnership with Nissan supports the introduction of all-electric Nissan LEAFs for drivers who use the Uber app.
Meanwhile, vehicle vendor partners Otto and Weflex ensure drivers with Uber can use the money they accumulate through the Clean Air Plan to rent, lease or buy their new EV - whatever their preference.
All these steps come in addition to participation in Optimise Prime - a multi-year trial with world-leading companies such as Centrica, Royal Mail, and Hitachi. This project, part funded by Ofgem and Innovate UK, is the world’s largest commercial battery electric vehicle (BEV) trial and will help ensure charging infrastructure is available where it is needed, in the right quantities without putting stress on the grid.
Helping drivers to go electric
Drivers are leading the way towards a greener future, and Uber is committed to supporting them. Globally, our Green Future programme provides access to resources valued at $800 million to help hundreds of thousands of drivers transition to driving battery EVs by 2025 in Europe, the US and Canada.
Our Clean Air Plan for London has already brought this to life in the UK, supporting the transition of every driver using the Uber app in London to switch to an electric vehicle by 2025. We have also committed to investing £5 million on EV charging infrastructure in underserved neighbourhoods.
With the introduction of Uber Green, our 100% electric ride option, we aim to further support and encourage drivers making the switch to EV.
Offering more ways to ride green
We’re committed to providing sustainable, shared alternatives to the personal car.
Drivers are already offering 100% electric rides from London’s Zone 1, helping to reduce emissions in the capital. We’re planning to expand this product to all of London and other cities as soon as possible.
Clean Air Plan
Launched with the bold aim of transitioning every driver using the Uber app in London to an electric car by 2025, the plan has already raised more than £100 million to support drivers to make the switch and has seen 1.5 million trips taken in EVs.
“As the largest mobility platform in the world, we know that our impact goes beyond our technology. We want to do our part to build back better and support a green recovery in our cities and communities.”
Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber CEO
Making transparency a priority
Progress starts with taking a serious look at where we stand today and sharing results to drive accountability.
Climate assessment and performance report
Our climate assessment and performance report analyses the nearly 4 billion trips taken on our platform in the US and Canada from 2017 to 2019. Uber is the only mobility company to assess and publish real-world sustainability data.
Sparking electrification in Europe
Uber is accelerating its commitment to sustainability in Europe and around the world. Helping drivers in Europe make a fair transition to electric vehicles is a critical first step. Uber can’t make this change alone. Read the SPARK! report to learn about our approach as a company and how we hope to partner with carmakers, charging companies and policymakers to help make this a reality.
Science Based Targets initiative
Uber joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to help ensure accountability and rigor in our push to become a zero-emission platform. The SBTi defines best practices in target setting and independently assesses and approves progress.
Frequently asked questions
- It seems like Uber has long been criticised for its impact on emissions. How much carbon do you plan to reduce by 2030?
As we outline in our climate assessment and performance report, our goal is a 35-45% reduction of the carbon intensity of trips across the US and Canada by 2025, an 80-100% reduction by 2030 and a 100% reduction by 2040.
- Why are you announcing this during a pandemic?
As our CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, mentioned in his letter announcing Uber’s commitment to becoming a zero-emission platform, we want to be part of cities’ efforts to build back better and make fewer private cars, clean air and diverse mobility options part of everyday life. We want to introduce new products, programmes and commitments to align with cities’ efforts on long-term sustainability.
- Will Uber Eats deliveries also be 100% zero-emission by 2040?
Uber Eats is committed to facilitating a more sustainable future, both when it comes to modes of delivery and when working with restaurants and merchants on food packaging. In 2019 we introduced opt-in requests for straws, utensils, and other serving items when you place your order. Since we launched this feature last fall, 45 million users globally have taken advantage of it and opted out of receiving cutlery.
- Why would a driver be interested in transitioning to an EV?
Drivers on our platform are already more likely to choose fuel-efficient vehicles because the cost of maintenance is lower. With climate change being the pressing issue of our generation, our hope is that drivers will see an opportunity to play a part in accelerating emissions reduction on our platform. Based on research, we know that the economic barriers to transitioning to an EV are high. That’s why we’re creating a new framework under the Green Future programme – to reduce barriers to accessing EVs and create opportunities to earn a little extra – that adds to drivers’ bottom line per trip when using a hybrid or zero-emission vehicle.
- Wouldn’t it be better for Uber to set aside a certain amount of money that drivers can access to purchase an EV?
Our vision is global, but we build locally, and EV policies vary widely from region to region. That’s why:
- We will do this as part of the French Clean Air Plan starting in Paris, and we’re matching the amount set aside for drivers from riders
- The London Clean Air Plan sets aside per-trip money from riders that can be used by drivers to purchase an EV
- In the US and Canada, we believe we can accelerate the transition to EV adoption quicker by increasing the earnings incentives created by demand for Uber Green trips, and by lowering the costs of acquiring and charging an EV
- What about sustainability in other regions around the world?
Our goal is to introduce zero-emission trips in as many places as possible. However, as we move forward on our 2025, 2030, and 2040 commitments, we need to start in cities and communities where we can make the biggest impact based on our platform’s footprint and the unique conditions of operations. Starting with the principles in our commitment, every market where Uber is available will be taking bold steps to develop locally relevant strategies that move in parallel with our commitments.
This site 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.