Uber has committed to become a fully zero-emission platform by 2040, with 100% of rides taking place in zero-emission vehicles, on public transit, or with micromobility.
The company has also earlier set a goal to have 100% of rides take place in electric vehicles (EVs) in US, Canadian and European cities by 2030.
In addition to the platform goals, Uber has also committed to reaching net-zero emissions from corporate operations by 2030.
The company 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.
Uber’s approach to reducing emissions, starts with 4 key actions, one of them being expansion of Uber Green to make it easier for riders to choose to travel in hybrids or EVs.
For just $1 extra, riders can tap a button to request a ride in an EV or hybrid vehicle. Such trips produce up to 44% fewer carbon emissions than driving a gas-powered car alone. By the end of the year, Uber Green will be available in more than 65 cities globally.
The company will commit $800 million in resources to help hundreds of thousands of drivers transition to EVs by 2025.
This will help drivers go electric more affordably through various market-based solutions, including a rider surcharge on Uber Green trips and fees collected from innovative programs like London and French Clean Air Plans.
Uber will also be investing in the multimodal network to promote sustainable alternatives to personal cars.
Uber has long envisioned a future with far less reliance on personal car ownership. The company is doubling down on this vision by investing in the multimodal network to provide sustainable alternatives to the personal car.
Furthermore, the company plans to be transparent and accountable to the public along the way.
“The world is at a critical juncture, and we all have a role to play. Uber is aiming high. We’ll seek to build the most efficient, decarbonized, and multimodal platform in the world for on-demand mobility. While we’re not the first to set ambitious goals in transitioning to EVs, we intend to be the first to make it happen. Competing on sustainability is a win for the world, and today we challenge other mobility platforms to transparency, accountability, and more action.
“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.”Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber CEO.