The future is green, because it has to be.
There is no denying that our climate is in crisis. Over the past year we have seen high summer temperatures across Europe, raging wildfires in parts of North America and terrifying floods in Australia and Pakistan.
To save our planet and our future, we need innovative ideas and new ways of thinking. Several business sectors are struggling to become more environmentally aware, but one of the areas driving change is mobility.
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Mobility encompasses a wide range of products and services, from electric bicycles and scooters, to car-sharing apps and electric vehicle, to data management companies.
In recent years, the European transport and mobility sector has undergone an enormous change with the advent of new technology and the growing demand for more sustainable and accessible products.
European cities such as Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Berlin are leading the way according to the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index for 2022. But it is clear that there is a demand for sustainable mobility across Europe.
Because the field of sustainability is so vast, the job opportunities are literally endless. So whether you work in sales or software development, you need to pay attention to these exciting businesses.
At this stage, Tesla has become synonymous with electric cars, but the company produces much more than luxury vehicles. Tesla also designs and manufactures home-to-grid battery energy storage, solar panels and solar roof tiles, and related products and services.
The company’s headquarters are in Austin, Texas, but the entire European branch of the company is run from the Netherlands, with the company’s import and distribution center in Tilburg, about 70 miles from Amsterdam.
Every year Tesla brings its impact report describing the company’s effect on the environment (both good and bad). According to the 2021 report, the global fleet of Tesla vehicles, energy storage and solar panels allowed customers to avoid emitting 8.4 million tons of Co2. Not bad.
It’s impossible to talk about sustainable mobility without talking about ride-sharing services, which brings us to Uber, the world’s largest ride-share company. Founded in San Francisco in 2009, it quickly grew into one of the world’s most valuable startups.
Uber is available in a number of European cities, including Amsterdam, London, Prague, Berlin, Rome, Athens and Vienna. While an app that frequently uses petrol and diesel cars might not scream sustainability at you, there are plenty of things Uber is doing to help the environment too.
It is committed to having net zero emissions by 2040. Uber plans to do this by supporting drivers’ transition to electric vehicles, moving to renewable electricity and expanding multimodal options to provide sustainable alternatives to personal cars, including through public transit and micro-mobility.
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. That is certainly the case with the Citya app. Unlike traditional transport systems with fixed timetables, fixed stops and long waiting times, Citya is a demand-driven means of transport that is much more flexible.
Users simply request a ride in the app and the algorithm finds the best route with arrival time and price. Rides are very affordable (less than a cup of coffee) and users share rides in a hybrid minibus to save emissions.
Citya is already making waves in the Czech Republic and Poland, with plans to expand to Berlin soon.
If you’ve been on vacation this summer, you’ve probably flown an Airbus. Airbus SE is a European multinational airline headquartered in Leiden, the Netherlands, with headquarters in Toulouse, France. Of course, air travel has a pretty bad reputation when it comes to sustainability and the environment. However, the company hopes to change this.
according to his website, Airbus is actively working to reduce CO2 emissions from its aircraft, as well as its industrial footprint. But it doesn’t stop there: It plans to launch the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035. View this space.
Lucid Motors is a US-based electric vehicle manufacturer founded in 2007 and led by former Tesla CEO Peter Rawlinson. Earlier this year, the company opened his first studio in Munich.
One of Lucid’s biggest selling points is its sustainability credentials. The Lucid Air model is hailed as the most efficient EV ever made. The company also only uses materials from responsible suppliers, with a focus on recyclability.
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