Uber has released a Green Index on the occasion of World Environment Day. The launch of uberPOOL across seven cities in India, helped save 3449000 litres of fuel, 73381000 kms travelled, curbing 8122000 kg CO2 emissions in India.
According to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the average occupancy of a car is just 28%. Meaning, while a car can carry 4 people, it only carries 1.15 persons. With an aim to make every ride a shared one and increase the adoption of public transportation through first and last mile connectivity, Uber aims to significantly reduce carbon footprint in India.
Shweta Rajpal Kohli, Head of Policy, Uber India said, “The growing adoption of uberPOOL across the country is very encouraging. The fact that millions of people are willing to share their rides gives us the confidence that we are collectively driving a positive change to reduce carbon footprint. I am certain that we will be able to fight against rising congestion and pollution in our cities through our partnerships with public transit systems coupled with our effort to use private cars for the public good in the future.”
In a pursuit to reduce congestions and reclaim public spaces that are lost to vehicle parking, Uber introduced its most innovative product – uberPOOL in India last year. Launched first in Bengaluru in September 2015, the seamless, reliable and convenient experience of ridesharing accelerated the adoption of uberPOOL in six more cities across the country – Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and most recently Pune.