Grab Singapore announced today (July 7) its Transport Sustainability Goal for 2030, where it has committed to operating through an entire fleet running on cleaner energy by 2030.
This objective is established as part of the GrabForGood Initiative that seeks to positively impact three central groups: People, Partners and the Planet.
The ridesharing giant has unveiled the JustGrab Green pilot and the Green Program, which will offer consumers the option to participate in reducing their carbon footprint. These two initiatives are scheduled to go live on July 14, 2021.
The company will also expand its fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles. through its rental arm, GrabRentals.
The efforts are in line with Singapore’s Green Plan 2030, which includes the country’s roadmap for electric vehicles and a vision for all vehicles to run on cleaner energy by 2040.
Our 2030 transportation sustainability goal is our commitment to take a holistic approach to combat climate change. The introduction of Just Grab Green and the Green program are the first of many steps Grab is taking to create solutions to environmental challenges.
It is a team effort, and we will continue to examine ways in which we, together with our partners and consumers, can realize a zero-carbon future for Singapore and the region.
Andrew Chan, Managing Director of Transport, Grab Singapore
JustGrab Green is a new travel option that has the service of a fleet that includes electric or hybrid vehicles with a minimum VES A2 band.
The VES is based on the carbon dioxide emissions from 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 these types of vehicles include Hyundai Kona Electric, Toyota Prius, and Kia Niro Hybrid. The carbon emissions of these vehicles can be reduced by approximately 55 percent, compared to a normal vehicle that runs on gasoline.
JustGrab Green will first be made available to passengers wishing to book a ride from the Midwest and will progressively expand to more locations.
It will also operate under the same pricing structure as JustGrab, which means that users do not need to pay additional fees to enjoy the green ride.
The green program
Grab recently launched a carbon offset feature for ride-sharing services in an attempt to reduce its environmental footprint.
It will be launched as a Green Program. in Singapore, and passengers can choose to activate the feature and pay a face value of S $ 0.10 when booking any trip.
According to a press release from Grab, the super app will match the S $ 0.10 contribution for up to three million trips.
The total contribution will go towards solarization and carbon offset projects in Singapore and the region. Grab will collaborate with Sembcorp Industries to jointly identify solarization projects between the two companies.
It will also collaborate with Shell to purchase carbon credits generated by the Katingan Mentaya Project in Indonesia. The project restores natural forests and conserves peatland habitats, preventing the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to 447 million tons of carbon dioxide over 60 years.
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