Climate friendly transportation

Bird’s mission is to create a more livable future by reducing car trips, traffic, and carbon emissions.

Globally, our shared e-scooter services were climate neutral in 2020 and we take our entire lifecycle into consideration to make our mission come to life responsibly.

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United Nations Global Compact

Bird is proud to be the first micromobility signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, a worldwide initiative encouraging companies to “align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.”

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A green lifecycle

Healthier cities begin with sustainable mobility. That’s why we focus on a green lifecycle—measuring, avoiding and reducing, and offsetting—to turn our vision into a reality.

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Measuring our climate impact

In order to accurately measure our emissions, we worked with CEA Consulting and an independent consultant from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to track the total environmental impact of our scooters from manufacturing to end-of-life.

We then compared the estimates from our life-cycle analysis against those of a similar independent exercise conducted by the International Transport Forum.

Our LCA calculations were broken down into two emissions components:

  • The greenhouse gases associated with manufacturing, shipping, picking-up, dropping off and recycling Bird vehicles
  • The total direct energy (in megawatt hours) used to charge our fleet globally
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Avoiding and reducing our emissions

We focus on avoiding emissions to start, and reduce our emissions where unavoidable.


Offsetting for a positive legacy

With the help of our partner 3Degrees, Bird has offset all greenhouse gas emissions associated with our shared scooter service in 2020. This includes all emissions from collecting, recharging and redistributing our vehicles, as well as our best estimates for those linked to manufacturing, shipping and recycling. Our carbon offsets are third-party verified using internationally recognized standards.

 

Bird is committed to advancing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, we aim to directly advance goals 9, 11, 12, and 13.


Bird’s eco fleet

At Bird, an important component of being climate friendly is how we design and engineer our vehicles. Our vehicles are designed in-house to be the longest lasting and most sustainable in the industry. We do this by:

  • Focusing on durability and battery life.

    We are one of the only micromobility operators to design and engineer our vehicles in-house. That means we can thoroughly test and innovate on new battery forms. Our B2 vehicle has the longest lasting battery, is monitored in real time by a Battery Management System (BMS), and is the only IP-68 certified battery on the road. Read about the advantages of integrated batteries here.

  • Second life applications and materials recycling.

    We partner with organizations that keep as much as 95% of our ferrous and non-ferrous materials and 86% of our e-waste components out of landfills.

Helping cities reach their environmental goals

Displacing car trips.

By helping communities build sustainable transportation habits, we are reducing the amount of carbon emissions and traffic congestion in cities across the globe.

Using our data to inform sustainable infrastructure.

We analyze our data to understand how and where people use Birds to get around, and use these insights to advocate for protected bike lane infrastructure to make sustainable transportation safer for everyone.

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