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Bolt striving for climate positive scooter operations by end-2020

BC, Tallinn, 16.09.2020.Print version
Estonian transport company Bolt on Wednesday announced its pledge to render its e-scooter operations climate positive by the end of 2020, which means that the company plans to remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it generates by producing and maintaining its scooters, reports LETA/BNS.

"We take climate change seriously and assume responsibility for the environmental impact we generate through our business activities. Scooters are an environmentally friendly means of mobility for cities and people who wish to reduce their ecological footprint and make greener choices," co-founder of Bolt Martin Villig said.

In order to render its scooters climate positive, or carbon negative, Bolt is planning to neutralize the carbon emissions generated by its scooter operations and to support various carbon dioxide offsetting projects, such as the planting of forests and production of renewable energy. In addition, Bolt also pledges to contribute to the sustainable development of scooters, reduce waste and design and sustain the most efficient e-scooter operations system on the market.

In May this year, Bolt introduce its first custom-built, eco-friendly e-scooter. The new model is 100 percent recyclable and ISO compliant and has a calculated lifetime of up to five years. It weighs up to 55% less than competitor models, which means it has a significantly smaller carbon footprint during manufacturing and transportation. 

In addition, Bolt also promises to have local mechanics on the ground in the cities in which it operates, allowing regular repair and maintenance, and to gradually switch to using only renewable electricity in its warehouses (including for e-scooter charging) before the end of 2021.

Bolt pledges to share relevant data and engage in dialogues with the cities in which it operates. The company aims to improve mobility and transport services in the area, to contribute to city planning and create proper infrastructure -- while also taking into account the principles of data protection.

Bolt scooters are available for rent in 14 states and over 40 cities in Europe. In Estonia, the scooters can be rented in Tallinn, Tartu and Parnu, and the company is planning to expand to several smaller towns next season.

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