Uber Pool service has claimed to have cut down 5,352 tonnes of carbon emission since November 2016 in seven cities with the distance travelled by cabs reduced by 48,259,398 kms. This has translated to 2,270,111 liters of fuel saving, according to Shweta Rajpal Kohli, head of policy, Uber. The seven cities include Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune and Chennai, where riders have opted for pool cars or public transport, which have helped in combating rising congestion.
According to the ministry of road transport and highways, the average occupancy of a car is just 28%, which implies that a car that can carry 4 people only carries an average of 1.15 persons. This clearly indicates a strong need and opportunity to put ‘more people in fewer cars. UberPOOL has enabled people going the same way at the same time to share their journey, by bringing carpooling at the tap of a button.
In Kolkata close to 15% of Uber trips were on pool, with riders from Park Street, Bara Bazaar, Ballygunge and Sector V clocking the highest number of trips.
“Ridesharing helps create a future where every journey is a shared and one can have incremental benefits on our cities and the environment alike,” Kohli said.
“With 22% of all CO2 emissions globally coming from transportation, we are today witnessing the worst traffic congestion in the world. As per data from world health organization Indians are facing exposure levels that are anywhere from 4 to 12 times the safe level of annual air pollution. We’ve seen the impact more visibly in Delhi national capital region with its recent alarming levels of smog”, Kohli said.