Sustainability has become a hot topic invoked in discussions across various industries. Whether you find it in apparel, logistics, or energy, we need to assess whether the claimed practices are effective or simply tools for greenwashing campaigns. Micro mobility pioneers, beginning with bike-sharing operators, have all adopted this component within their offered value, and we see the same with many scooter sharing companies. Sure, they only require electricity and therefore does not give out carbon emission, but this is only true at the epidermis of the scooter sharing operation.
The top three sectors for carbon emission worldwide are transportation, energy, and agriculture. Micro mobility, especially with e-scooters, overlap between transportation and energy. Although they are marketed as sustainable mode of transport, these claims are legitimate if the source of the charging is also sustainable. If this is not the case, then the e-scooter sharing services are relocating its carbon emission towards the inner layer of the operations. Although at an urban level, e-scooters do reduce the immediate pollution by offering a substitute mode of transport for the denizens, yet we cannot address the core of this issue: energy production.
At 0MN1, we identify 2 solutions we can eventually implement. The most optimum solution is to build our own sustainable power grid across cities and communities. It is an optimistic desire but something achievable through investment and regulatory clearance. In the meantime, 0MN1 can begin to address the urgency of sustainable future through carbon offset programs. Tracing back our roots to Costa Rica, the country enjoys over 300 days per year of renewable energy fueled by geothermal and hydro power. In addition to strict constitutional protective measures, Costa Rica has been sustaining Earth’s 6% unique biodiversity over a surface representing only 0.03% of the world. Carbon offset programs protecting this biodiversity can cover for the emission not only from 0MN1’s operation, but across our logistics and supply chain as well. Nevertheless, the ultimate goal is to tap into a scalable energy grid for our energized mobility solution.
These concerns all stem out from our Triple Bottom Line philosophy to help navigate our actions and growth in this newfound industry. By aligning the needs of the people with the issues that our planet faces today, 0MN1 maps out our actions on a longer horizon to extend beyond micro mobility. By keeping our vision for a future worthy for this new era of human civilization and generations to come.