Industry Voices: Carpooling – How Does It Affect the Environment?

Opinion piece by Stacy Jacobs, content writer at Blink Mobility

The environment has become a major concern for most of us. If you’re worried about the future of our planet, you probably know that transportation is one of the main concerns when it comes to ecology. Using your own vehicle to move alone isn’t the most responsible thing to do, and that’s why more and more people decide to share a vehicle with others.

Carpooling is a growing sector, as it’s expected to reach $9,163.6M by 2027. People use carpooling to get around town or when they need to go on vacation. However, how is using a car sharing service helping the environment? It still has an impact on the environment. However, here’s how it can reduce everyone’s impact on our beloved planet:

It helps reduce CO² emissions

Carpooling still pollutes because, obviously, you’re still using fossil fuels. However, it’s a step in reducing our CO² emissions, which represent 34 billion tons every year. It’s not hard to understand why four people heading in the same direction with one car will significantly reduce CO² emissions compared to using four separate cars.

It consumes less fuel

Since you’re using only one vehicle to reach your destination, it means you’re also sharing the fuel. In addition to reducing CO² emissions, consuming less fuel means that you need less of this fossil energy. Petroleum extraction is devastating for the environment. Oil spills are frequent, and it destroys wildlife, so the less we rely on them, the less of these crises we can expect in the future.

It reduces traffic jams

Since we share the vehicles, there are fewer of them on the road. This means that the roads are less engulfed. So, not only can you get to your destination faster, but there’ll be fewer idle vehicles ejecting CO² for no reason.

It makes roads last longer

Another impact intensive traffic can have is that it deteriorates the roads. Logically, having fewer vehicles use a road means that the road won’t deteriorate as fast. It makes them safer, and the state needs to renovate them less often. Renovating a road implies using polluting vehicles and using tar, which also pollutes. Moreover, the more a road is worn off, the more the vehicle has to work, causing more emissions.

It could reduce the number of cars in the world

If carpooling becomes a norm, we’d require fewer vehicles to be created. It’s always a plus for the environment. According to Historian Mark Foster, a third of a car’s environmental damage is caused during its construction. Naturally, constructing fewer cars can help reduce our global impact on the environment significantly.

Improving carpooling

We’ve mentioned the impact of carpooling in the case of people using a single fossil-fueled vehicle. However, using more eco-responsible cars can further reduce our carbon footprint. Electric and hybrid vehicles, for instance, are becoming more common and affordable. Even though electric vehicles will pollute because of their lithium-based batteries, it eliminates our reliance on petroleum in the long run.

 

Moreover, like with buses, the more people you can fit in a vehicle, the greater the benefit for the environment. So, in the near future, using bigger electric vehicles can also help reduce our emissions. It’s especially true in big cities, where you don’t really need the horsepower of a traditional vehicle because roads are flat and easy to navigate. So, opting for a larger vehicle that doesn’t go fast isn’t that much of an issue.

Carpooling: a first step

Carpooling is a great alternative to change our individualist habits and reduce our global consumption on all fronts. Yet, it should be seen as the first step toward more responsible lifestyles. Hopefully, this can be a wake-up call for more people and help everybody realize they don’t need to own a car for their daily usage.


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