“While many stakeholders in politics, business and society have just begun talking about their contribution to reaching the climate goals Managing Director of myclimate Deutschland, during his presentation of the offering to a group of journalists.
The “CO₂-neutral rideshare” is a fixed part of the user’s service package when making a booking. Just as is the case with insurance protection with AXA, offsetting will be fully integrated into the booking fee that BlaBlaCar will be introducing in Germany as of 1 August. “As long as the era of combustion motors continues, it will be our goal to make private mobility on the streets CO₂-neutral. For this reason, we will institute standard offsetting for the CO₂-emissions of all rideshares in Germany that are booked on BlaBlaCar. We are very glad to have found such a strong partner as myclimate for this pioneer project,” said Olivier Bremer, General Manager BlaBlaCar Deutschland.
myclimate and BlaBlaCar worked together, using the TREMOD model developed by the IFEU Institute on behalf of the Environment Ministry, to calculate weighted average emissions figures for the BlaBlaCar fleet. This is broken down based on the individuals sharing the ride and multiplied by the distance covered. The CO₂ value resulting from this is automatically offset by BlaBlaCar in myclimate climate protection projects.
Community votes on the project
The choice of which project will offset the rideshares is in the hands of the BlaBlaCar community. From 15 July to 31 July, BlaBlaCar members have the opportunity to vote for their preferred project “FSC Wood Chips replace Fossil Fuels in the Amazon Rainforest”, “Back to Green Island with Solar Stoves” in Madagascar and “Cooking with Corncobs instead of Coal” in the Shanxi province of China.
With over 30 million members, BlaBlaCar is the largest long-distance rideshare app in the world. Per quarter, 10 million travellers around the world trust BlaBlaCar to organize their trips and split their travel costs.