Leading micromobility firm Tier Mobility has pledged to halve the emissions involved in the production and use of its rental e-scooters and e-bikes by 2026 as part of a major sustainability push.
The firm currently operates in 540 cities in 24 countries, including running fleets of both e-bikes and e-scooters in certain regions of the UK, including in London. The firm has pledged to reach net zero emissions by 2050, and has outlined some of the steps it will take to achieve that in a new corporate sustainability strategy.
Tier first began operations in Germany in 2018, and says that analysis of ridership data across all the countries it operates in since then shows that people using its services have replaced 29.8 million miles worth of car journeys – in the process avoiding the creation of eight million kg of CO2 emissions.
The new sustainability strategy puts a focus on reducing emissions from both the production of Tier’s machine and their operations, which includes both the e-bikes and e-scooters themselves and the infrastructure required to support them.
A major focus will be on reducing emissions from the supply chain, in part by reducing the amount of ‘primary materials’ used to make Tier’s vehicles and extending the lifespan of machines. By 2026 Tier aim to increase the amount of secondary raw materials in vehicles by 40 per cent, and ensure that 92 per cent of the materials in each vehicle can be recycled after use.
Tier is also aiming to ensure that all the waste produced at warehouse level – where it services and supports machines – can be recycled or reused – and to increase the share of non-critically damaged batteries that are repaired or repurposed by 85 per cent.
Tier has already switched to only using renewable energy, and is converting its fleet of operations vehicles to electric where possible. Tier’s operations vehicles in the UK are already all fully electric. As a further step, Tier is also increasing the use of small electric vehicles such as cargo e-bikes to support its operations.