Gett Promises Green Taxi Rides

Mobility on demand taxi operator Gett, is claiming its UK service now offers ‘carbon neutral’ cab rides.

Passengers with strong climate consciences can pay an extra 20p ($0.26) per ride through the company’s Gett Green app to remain ‘carbon positive’. It says money raised in this way will be donated to the 12 central London schools identified in the Mayor of London’s school air quality audit program. The company claims it is also offsetting 7,500 tons of CO2 – the amount it is expected to produce through all business and consumer rides in the following 12 months – by investing in carbon reduction projects provided by ecology and sustainability consultancy Carbon Clear.

Gett, which books rides through a mix of black cabs and private hire vehicles, says it will be investing in a wind power generation project in India that displaces the burning of fossil fuels and the Madre de Dios Project in the Peruvian Amazon aiming to reduce deforestation.

In further efforts to reduce the carbon output from its rides, the company promoting the adoption of LEVC TX electric taxis in London, Coventry, Edinburgh and Glasgow by scrapping its commission on all fares for drivers of these vehicles in their first six months of driving with them. In statement released it said: “As Gett works with cities existing infrastructure, it does not add any extra vehicles to the UK’s already congested streets. Through electric black cabs, Gett is supporting efforts to improve mobility in UK cities by reducing the number of vehicles on the road and, therefore, also pollution levels in the UK.”

Matteo de Renzi, Gett’s UK CEO said: “Air quality is increasingly becoming more of an issue, not just in London but across the UK. By becoming Carbon Neutral we’re incredibly proud to be helping cities achieve cleaner air and reduce pollution levels, something that our business clients consider imperative. Offsetting the CO2 our UK rides produce we will positively impact multiple climate projects across the globe.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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