Grab Singapore announced today (July 7) its 2030 transport sustainability goal, where it has pledged to operate through a full fleet with cleaner energy by 2030.
This goal is set as part of the broader GrabForGood initiative which wants to positively impact three basic groups: people, partners and the planet.
The giant that has introduced the trip has introduced the JustGrab Green pilot and the Green Program, which will offer consumers the option to help reduce their carbon footprint. These two initiatives are scheduled to be launched on July 14, 2021.
The company will also expand its fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles through its rental arm, GrabRentals.
Efforts are in line with Singapore’s 2030 green plan, which includes the country’s roadmap for electric vehicles, and the vision to make all vehicles run cleaner by 2040.
Our goal of sustainability in transport 2030 is our commitment to a holistic approach to combating climate change. The presentation of JustGrab Green and the Green Program are the first of many steps Grab takes to create solutions to environmental challenges.
It is a team effort and we will continue to look at ways in which, together with our partners and consumers, we can make a zero carbon net future a reality for Singapore and the region.
Andrew Chan, General Manager of Transport, Grab Singapore
JustGrab Green is a new driving option that is catered for by a fleet comprising electric or hybrid vehicles with a minimum VES A2 band.
VES is based on the carbon dioxide emissions of a car or taxi, plus emissions of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxides. VES A2 vehicles emit less than 125 g of carbon dioxide per kilometer.
Examples of such vehicles include Hyundai Kona Electric, Toyota Prius and Kia Niro Hybrid. The carbon emissions of these vehicles can be reduced by approximately 55%, compared to a normal gasoline-powered vehicle.
JustGrab Green will first be made available to passengers who want to book a trip from the central region and will be gradually expanded to more locations.
It will also work under the same price structure as JustGrab, which means users don’t have to pay any extra fees to enjoy the eco-friendly ride.
The Green Program
Grab recently released a file carbon offset function for vehicle transport services with the aim of reducing their environmental footprint.
It will be launched as a Green Program in Singapore, and passengers can choose to activate the feature and pay a nominal $ 0.10 S when booking any trip.
According to a Grab press release, the superapplication will match the $ 0.10 S contribution for up to three million trips.
The full contribution will go to carbon offsetting and solarisation projects in Singapore and the region. Grab will collaborate with Sembcorp Industries to identify solarization projects jointly between the two companies.
It will also partner with Shell to buy carbon credits generated with 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 tonnes of carbon dioxide in 60 years.
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