Lime says his scooter and bike company are carbon neutral

Lime, the electric scooter and bicycle company, is going “lime green” by becoming a carbon neutral company.

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On Tuesday, Lime announced a partnership with NativeEnergy that will allow it to purchase renewable energy credits to recharge its fleet. Since people charge most scooters at home, Lime cannot fully control the company‘s energy use.

Nonetheless, Lime will use renewable energy purchased from local utilities and NativeEnergy renewable energy projects to charge bikes and scooters.

Lime will also purchase carbon offsets to balance emissions from its operations and management fleet, such as trucks and other vehicles that will repair and replace damaged bikes and scooters. The company also said it wants to make its offices more energy efficient and is exploring on-site solar power as an alternative energy source.

As with electric cars, Lime’s scooters aren’t necessarily powered by clean energy just because the vehicles don’t burn fossil fuels. As noted in American scientist, “it all depends on where the electricity comes from.”

Scooter competitor Bird has been touting the green side of scooters since its inception, claiming that electric rides do not pollute or contribute to traffic. Marking his first birthday last month, Bird said his runners saved 12.7 million pounds in CO2 emissions. But that doesn’t take into account the source of electricity powering his scooters.

On the Last Earth Day, Lyft announced that its rideshare service was carbon neutral. Like Lime, Lyft buys carbon offsets, which is not the same as removing carbon emissions from its vehicles.

Yet in the wake of a terrifying new UN report on climate change, at least these companies are taking small steps towards a more sustainable future.

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