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‘Commute Greener’ is accessed through a mobile phone or a web site on the internet, enabling the user quickly to see by how much carbon dioxide emissions are reduced or increased using different means of transportations, for example bus, car, car pooling or bike.
Volvo´s home town, the City of Gothenburg in Sweden, is the first city in the world to order the service for its employees.
By choosing the right means of transportation we can lower our personal carbon emissions. But to do that, we need an easy way to count and register how much CO2 we actually release into the atmosphere.
A commuter who downloads the application ‘Commute Greener’, from the iPhone App Store, for example, can use the mobile telephone to register the methods of transport that are used for commuting to and from work.
The computer program calculates how much carbon dioxide is emitted when using different modes of transport, such as the car, train, bus, boat or bicycle.
The service also provides an online community for exchanging experience and for competitions between colleagues, friends and family members about the possible size of reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.
Magnus Holmqvist at Volvo IT said: “Our tests have shown that individuals can quickly reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by more than 30 per cent using Commute Greener.”
‘Commute Greener’ has already been launched within the Volvo Group. The same tool will now make it possible for 2,000 employees within the City of Gothenburg to understand the most efficient and environmentally sound way to commute in any given scenario, and change their commuting habits.
Eva Rhodin at the City’s traffic office in charge of increasing the demand for sustainable transport, said: “Commute Greener is a tool which the employees within the City of Gothenburg can use to set a good example regarding the fulfilment of the City’s environmental objectives.”
‘Commute Greener’ is also an important part of the Volvo Group’s overall environmental programme.
Niklas Gustavsson, vice president, environmental and public affairs, AB Volvo, said: “Volvo has been working with environmental care since 1972. We now regard it as an important task to involve individuals.”
The technology behind ‘Commute Greener’ is in line with the UN´s climate change initiative.
“The UN has made it very clear that innovation and technology play an important part. Regulations and agreements are also important. However, at the end of the day, it is the choices that you and I make that can really make a difference,” added Gustavsson.
At present, individuals can download ‘Commute Greener’ as an application for the iPhone. To download the application to other mobile phones, a city, company or organisation must first order access to the application for its inhabitants, customers or employees.
Pictured: Using Volvo Group’s personal CO2-counter ‘Commute Greener’, you register your own means of transportation used for commuting to and from work.
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