David Pérez Piñeiro
Published 1 year ago.
About a 4 minute read.
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The future of our cities is at stake, and it is our duty to find solutions that allow us to offer our users what they demand: more efficient and sustainable cities, at the service of people and not their cars.
I remember starting 2022 hoping that people’s New Year’s resolutions would not
only be linked to personal or professional well-being, but also have a stronger
link to the environment and to a commitment to improving city life. It was an
ephemeral feeling, soon followed by various events that have turned the world
Cities are spaces in which more and more people live their lives, leading them
to become socioeconomic, political and cultural centers with broad offerings.
However, despite all the benefits, their growth also brings sustainability
problems including pollution, urban space management, and so on.
On the other hand, the way we move is also a key aspect in the growth of cities.
The number of private vehicles on the
has increased exponentially, causing a significant environmental impact. Indeed,
according to the IEA Tracking Transport 2020 report, the transport
sector is one of the main emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and the one with
the greatest growth in such emissions — now accounting for as much as 24 percent
of total CO2 emissions — a percentage that speaks for itself and calls us to
reflect on the race we find ourselves
in the fight against climate change.
For this reason, it is essential to foster a common commitment by which all
actors can work together in the same direction. In this sense, the “Shared
— prepared by the New Urban Mobility Alliance, a working group of
international NGOs — aim to guide decision-makers in the field of sustainable
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Making a commitment to the proper management of urban spaces; making mobility
for all population groupings, such as the elderly and people with disabilities;
in decision-making processes; and transitioning towards a net-zero model are
just some of the points that we have been working on for some time at
Cabify. With such principles, we reaffirm our
commitment to sustainable mobility, on which we rely in order to meet our
According to the People’s Climate
survey, administered under the United Nations Development Program and by the
University of Oxford, climate change is considered a global emergency and a
concern for 70 percent of Spaniards and 63 percent of the citizens of
Latin America and the Caribbean. At Cabify, we are aware of the
situation the planet is facing; and we are working hard to offer mobility
services based on sustainability, safety, quality and diversity — positioning
ourselves as an alternative to private cars. In this regard, ride-hailing
services and various electric, micro-mobility options are favorable solutions
for shared mobility that reduce both the percentage of emissions generated by
transport and the number of vehicles circulating in our cities. Spaces
liberated by reducing private car
use can then be put at the service
of people and used more efficiently — with the creation of new parks, green
areas, cultural and sports facilities, and so on.
is another of the great challenges of sustainable mobility; and, at Cabify, we
are working hard to enable our fleet to be 100 percent electric by 2025 in
Spain, and 2030 in Latin America. While we move towards this target, we continue
to offset all of our CO2 emissions; since 2018, we have managed to offset more
than 375,000 tons of CO2 — the amount absorbed by as many as 21 million trees in
their first 10 years of life.
The Reimagining Cities
that we published in November 2021 revealed how 64.2 percent of Spaniards and
71.5 percent of Latin Americans agreed that too much urban space in our cities
is dedicated to cars. This makes us reflect on the prominence that other modes
of transport will take on for citizens, and will affect how they perceive
In any case, the dominance of urban spaces by vehicles is not only a concern for
citizens, but also for other various actors — just like us — that are working to
improve the situation. The goal is twofold: to satisfy the demands of users; and
to make more efficient, sustainable mobility options available to them.
We are facing a challenging situation, in which new sustainable mobility models
play an increasingly important role. The future of our cities is at stake, and
it is our duty to find solutions that allow us to offer our users what they
demand: more efficient and sustainable cities, at the service of people and not
Published Apr 13, 2022 2pm EDT / 11am PDT / 7pm BST / 8pm CEST