Grab Singapore announced today (July 7) its 2030 Transportation Sustainability Goal, in which it has committed to operate through a full fleet running on cleaner energy by 2030.
This goal is set as part of the larger GrabForGood initiative which seeks to have a positive impact on three main groups: people, partners and the planet.
Carpool giant unveiled JustGrab Green pilot and Green Program, which will offer consumers the opportunity to play a role in reducing their carbon footprint. These two initiatives are expected to go live on July 14, 2021.
The company will also expand its fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles through its rental subsidiary, GrabRentals.
The efforts are in line with Singapore’s 2030 Green Plan, which includes the country’s electric vehicle roadmap, and the vision to run all vehicles with cleaner energy by 2040.
Our 2030 transport sustainability goal is our commitment to take a holistic approach to tackling climate change. The introduction of JustGrab Green and the Green program is the first of many steps Grab takes to create solutions to environmental challenges.
This is a team effort, and we will continue to explore ways in which we, along with our partners and consumers, can make a net zero carbon future a reality for Singapore and the region.
Andrew Chan, Managing Director, Transport, Grab Singapore
JustGrab Green is a new route option that is served by a fleet that includes electric or hybrid vehicles with a minimum VES A2 band.
The VES is based on the carbon dioxide emissions of a car or taxi, plus the emissions of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. Vehicles in the VES A2 band emit less than 125 g of carbon dioxide per kilometer.
Some examples of such types of vehicles include Hyundai Kona Electric, Toyota Prius, and Kia Niro Hybrid. The carbon emissions of these vehicles can be reduced by about 55%, compared to a regular vehicle running on gasoline.
JustGrab Green will initially be made available to passengers who wish to book a trip from the central region, and will gradually be extended to other destinations.
It will also operate under the same pricing structure as JustGrab, meaning users won’t have to pay any extra fees to enjoy the Green Ride.
The green program
Grab recently launched a carbon offset feature for ridesharing services with the aim of reducing its environmental footprint.
It will be launched as a green program in Singapore, and passengers can choose to activate the feature and pay symbolic S $ 0.10 when booking a ride.
According to a press release from Grab, the super app will match the contribution of S $ 0.10 for up to three million rides.
The entire contribution will go to carbon offset and solarization projects in Singapore and the region. Grab will work with Sembcorp Industries to identify solarization projects jointly between the two companies.
It will also work with Shell to purchase carbon credits generated by the Katingan Mentaya project in Indonesia. The project restores natural forests and preserves peatland habitats, preventing the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to 447 million tonnes of carbon dioxide over 60 years.
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