Uber to be Fully Zero-Emission by 2040, 100% EVs by 2030

Uber has committed to becoming a fully zero-emission platform by 2040, and for 100% of rides take place in EVs in US, Canadian, and European cities by 2030

Taking a cue from possibly the only positive outcome of the global lockdown due to Covid i.e. the one on the climate, with emissions in some months down nearly 17 percent over previous years. Uber has announced that it is taking this moment as an opportunity to reduce its environmental impact. The firm has committed to becoming a fully zero-emission platform by 2040, with 100 percent of rides taking place in zero-emission vehicles, on public transit, or with micro-mobility. We’re also setting an earlier goal to have 100 percent of rides take place in electric vehicles (EVs) in the US, Canadian, and European cities by 2030.

“It’s our responsibility as the largest mobility platform in the world to more aggressively tackle the challenge of climate change. We want to do our part to build back better and drive a green recovery in our cities,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO.

Khosrowshahi has revealed that the firm is working with the World Resources Institute, Transport & Environment (T&E), and others to become a stronger partner in the fight against climate change by leveraging its innovation, technology, and talent to expedite the global transition to clean energy.

The firm believes that it can achieve this 2030 goal in any major city where we can work with local stakeholders to implement policies that ensure a fair transition to EVs for drivers. In addition to its platform goals, the firm has also committed to reaching net-zero emissions from its corporate operations by 2030.

“All told, hitting these goals would put us a decade ahead of Paris Climate Agreement targets,” Khosrowshahi said.

Uber will take a holistic approach to reducing its emissions, starting with 4 key actions:

  1. Expanding Uber Green to make it easier for riders to choose to travel in hybrids or EVs.
  2. Committing USD 800 million in resources to help hundreds of thousands of drivers transition to EVs by 2025.
  3. Investing in our multimodal network to promote sustainable alternatives to personal cars.
  4. Being transparent and accountable to the public along the way.

“This is a start, and we expect to be judged against our actions. The ultimate success of our business will rest on our ability to transition our platform to clean energy in partnership with drivers, industry innovators, and governments. It’s the right thing to do for our customers, our cities, our shareholders, and the planet we all share,” he added.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.