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Tuesday 8 September 2020

Voluntary commitments alone won’t resolve ride-hailing’s growing carbon footprint

Lyft and Uber have pledged to electrify their Canadian fleets by 2030, but the more ride-hailing displaces transit, the more we need public policy to drive down its emissions, argues Dan Woynillowicz.

Like just about everything, the ride-hailing industry has been hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the spring, the lockdown of the economy kept people at home — no commutes to work, rides to the restaurant, or need to get from an airport to a hotel. By summer, the use of ride hailing began to rebound, but for Uber — effectively the world’s largest taxi company — numbers were still down 75 per cent from a year earlier.

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