Transport accounts for 46% of New Zealand's energy greenhouse gas emissions
Mevo is the world's first climate positive car share. Being climate positive means that every time a Mevo member finishes a trip in one of our cars, the climate is left in a better state than when the trip started.
We reduce our emissions by charging our hybrid electric cars on New Zealand's 80% renewable grid, and we offset anything else our fleet emits by 120%. This leaves a net deficit in the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere with every kilometre a Mevo vehicle drives.
By empowering our members to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere with their everyday transportation we're hoping to see more demand for this kind of business practice and a steady reduction in emissions across New Zealand.
Our grid is 80% renewable
The electricity sector in New Zealand uses mainly renewable energy sources such as hydropower, geothermal power and increasingly, wind energy. Over 80% of our electricity generation is from renewable sources, making New Zealand one of the lowest greenhouse gas emitting countries in terms of electricity generation in the world.
When it comes to electric vehicles, the amount of emissions produced to power the car are the sum of what was emitted during generation, making New Zealand one of the cleanest places in the world to drive an EV.
Over 60% of our trips are within the e-tron's all-electric range, since our plug-in hybrid Audi A3 e-tron® vehicles are recharged after every trip. We carefully monitor any trips that use the petrol internal combustion engine, and account for these in our offsetting along with the non-renewable portion of electricity generation.
Offsetting with permanent rainforest credits
We carefully monitor all greenhouse gas emissions caused by the Mevo fleet, and work with our partners at Ekos to buy carbon credits at 120% of our emissions. This cost is built into our pricing.
All our CO2 offsets come from our internationally certified, community-based rainforest carbon projects in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Each project is a community enterprise designed to help the indigenous peoples who own these forests.