The Volvo Group works to develop solutions that enhance mobility while reducing the impact on the environment. Commute Greener is a mobile-based application that calculates and keeps track of carbon dioxide emissions.
The application transforms a cell phone into a tool to measure carbon dioxide emissions generated during every day commuting, including traveling by bus, car, train, bicycle or other means of transport.
The application not only calculates carbon dioxide emissions, but also financial savings and gives proactive suggestions on how to commute greener. The program challenges users to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and traffic congestion while contributing to better health and quality of life.
The Commute Greener application has been developed by the Volvo Group. Users include corporations, cities, organizations and individuals. In addition to the application itself, Commute Greener provides a community website where commuters can challenge each other to reduce their individual carbon dioxide footprint.
Successful commuting in Mexico
Mexico City has been using Commute Greener since 2010 with the objective to involve 200,000 government employees and use the results as part of their Environmental Management System. So far, the project has obtained encouraging results with dedicated groups showing a potential carbon dioxide emission reduction of up to 40 percent.
Reduced emissions in India
Volvo India started using Commute Greener in 2012 and after 10 weeks, it is estimated that 2,300 employees and business partners reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by 12 percent, an equivalent of 6,000 kg of carbon dioxide. Additionally there were large time and financial savings, since more than 16,000 car trips which used to cause congestion in traffic were replaced by the use of buses.
The initiative’s success was not only due to the greater awareness it created among participants but also changes in their lifestyle.