Stockholm, Sweden – The Volvo Group has launched Commute Greener, a new online service that helps commuters become more environmentally aware by calculating how much carbon dioxide is emitted when using different modes of transport. The service is accessed through mobile phones or Internet Web sites.
Göteborg, Sweden, where Volvo is headquartered, has become the world’s first city to order the service for its employees.
After downloading the application, the commuter uses the mobile telephone to register the methods of transport used for commuting to and from work, including car, train, bus, boat or bicycle. The program calculates the emissions from each. The service also provides an online community for exchanging experiences and for competitions between colleagues, friends and family members about the possible size of reductions in CO2 emissions.
“Our tests have shown that individuals can quickly reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by more than 30 per cent using Commute Green,” said Magnus Holmqvist, of Volvo IT. The service has already been launched within the Volvo Group and is now available to 2,000 employees, as well as public users in Göteborg.