Lyft Commits to Cancelling Out its Carbon Emissions – Will it Make a Difference?

Lyft announced its plans last month to purchase carbon offsets to cancel out the carbon emissions created by its drivers. It’s also part of a larger strategy to lessen Lyft’s carbon footprint and to provide a billion rides a year via autonomous electric vehicles by 2025.

“Some energy experts have applauded the announcement, while suggesting it should be the first in a multistep process to ensure Lyft isn’t just removing the pollution it adds, but that it’s making less in the first place.

‘I think it’s very much a partial step,’ says Daniel Kammen, a professor of energy at University of California, Berkeley. ‘Recognizing it and offsetting it is not the full answer,’ he says. ‘But it’s certainly a great start.'”

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