The Green Way to Get From Here to There
Among the many positive aspects of ridesharing, the effect it has on the environment is, by far, the biggest pull on millennials. Check out our other article to weigh the pros and cons of using on-demand car services. Read More
Terms like “greenhouse gas” and “carbon emissions” have permeated news headlines as the whole world rallies behind the Paris Climate Agreement. But what is it, and how does it affect me, personally?
Carbon emissions make up a large portion of greenhouse gases–which are among the biggest contributors to global warming. Greenhouse gases trap solar energy in our atmosphere and raise the temperature of our oceans, increase the instances of weather anomalies, and change crop cycles.
You may be wondering, “What does this have to do with ridesharing?” The answer? Ridesharing and on-demand transportation are the green way to get from here to there.
The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks reported 28% of the carbon emissions released by America are transportation-related, and 60% of those vehicles are small cars owned by the average American.
That statistic is a big deal because, according to a poll on statistica.com taken in 2016, families in US own an average of two cars!
It’s no wonder that the United State was ranked as #2 on the list of countries who release the most Greenhouse Gases. Second only to the factories and population growth in China, America was responsible for 4997.50 metric tons of carbon emission in 2015, according to the International Energy Agency.
Many countries in Europe are making dramatic changes to the way their cities operate, including implementing more public transit like ridesharing!
The publication Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions reported that, in 2017, the Netherlands had 30% fewer cars owned by private citizens (once more, car/ride sharing companies became more accessible). Ridesharing on a regular basis replaced a second car for most families. It also resulted in 13% and 18% less CO2 emissions, respectively, than the car owners.
In Portugal, gas consumption has been reduced to 35%, and CO2 emissions are down to 65%. Most of their changes in transportation have been switches from traditional gas guzzlers to hybrids or electric cars, as well as promoting public transit and ridesharing.
Here in America, a Berkeley study has shown that each vehicle in car2go-like companies has eliminated the emissions of between seven and eleven vehicles!
Fewer cars means less demand for diesel and gas, which could potentially end the need for offshore drilling. Over time, we could focus our efforts on cleaning up old spills and the rehabilitation of the habitats that have been suffering in the past decade.
U.S. Census Bureau has reported that 80% of the U.S. population lived in urban areas in 2010, and those numbers have only skyrocketed since then.
Fewer cars on the road means less traffic. Can you imagine how much more quickly you could get from point A to point B in large cities like LA and NYC if everyone used a car sharing company instead of their own personal vehicle?
Not only that–but there would also be fewer car-related accidents if all ridesharing companies used professional drivers like Global Sedan does. The air in our metropolitan areas would clear up significantly.
So not only is ridesharing easier on the wallet and more convenient, it is one of the few ways the average American can practice environmental activism in everyday life.