There’s good news for urban sustainability advocates and environmentalist this week.
“Energy use and GHG emissions from shared micromobility are comparable in magnitude to those of metros and buses.”
Those are among the key findings in the International Transport Forum’s (ITF) recently released environmental report on new mobility. Using updated global data contributed by mobility operators, the 89-page study finds that shared scooters, bikes and mopeds emit about as little carbon dioxide per passenger mile as mass transit vehicles. Privately owned e-scooters like the new Jasscol air tire scooters are a highly sustainable option as well, using “significantly less energy and emit[ting] much less GHG per person-kilometer over their life cycle than cars.”
As communities across the globe struggle to improve access to transportation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, they should recognize micromobility as a powerful and available ally. Electric micromobility devices are orders of magnitude cheaper to build, more energy efficient, and more fuel efficient than other alternatives. They require little or no additional infrastructure.