Carbon Offset Program
Enabling our community to offset emissions with every trip taken.
On our 3rd birthday and International Women's Day, Shebah announces a new Carbon Offset Program, a first for the Australian rideshare industry.
Shebah will partner with Tasman Environmental Markets (TEM) https://www.tasmanenvironmental.com.au to bring the
program to fruition for all our Shebah drivers and riders later this year.
With just one tick of a box, this program will allow riders to offset their Shebah trip emissions and contribute to a number of verified Australian and international environmental projects that make a real difference to those living in other communities affected by climate change.
Shebah will launch this program on the app for passengers by Sept 2020, but in the meantime, keep an eye on this page for all the news and announcements
about its development. Gee wizz... It really is an exciting time to be a Shebah community! We're paving the way in the rideshare industry.
“We are proud to lead the charge for many firsts in the rideshare industry – from
being able to transport kids to offering the first-ever preferred driver booking option. This announcement is just another exciting first for our industry that gives back to our community and ensures we’re doing what we can to reduce our environmental footprint.”
- George McEncroe
"secures vital habitat for native wildlife including the puma, jaguar and macaw"
Bringing the bush back
"these carbon farming projects work with landholders to regenerate and protect native vegetation"
Winds of change
Renewable energy, India
Located in Southern India, the wind farms introduce clean energy to the grid which would otherwise be generated by a coal-fired power station. Wind power is clean in two ways: it produces no emissions and also avoids the local air pollutants associated with fossil fuels. Electricity availability in the region has been improved, reducing the occurrence of blackouts across the area.
The projects support national energy security and strengthens India’s rural electrification coverage. In constructing the turbines new roads were built, improving accessibility for locals. The boost in local employment by people engaged as engineers, maintenance technicians, 24-hour on-site operators and security guards also boosts local economies and village services.
Forest protection, Peru
Cordillera Azul National Park (PNCAZ) REDD Project protects a large, intact expanse of lower-montane forest remaining in Peru. The project area consists of over 1.3 million hectares within the park that belongs to the national government of Peru.
The project is responsible for reducing over 1.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year by protecting forests that would otherwise be deforested, degraded or logged. Protecting the forests secures the carbon stored within the organic matter of the forest.
In addition to reducing emissions, the project secures vital habitat for native wildlife including the puma, jaguar and macaw.
Bringing the bush back
Forest regeneration, NSW & QLD
Located in New South Wales and Queensland, these carbon farming projects work with
landholders to regenerate and protect native vegetation. The projects help improve marginal land, reduce salinity and erosion and provide income to farmers.
Widespread land clearing has significantly impacted local ecosystems. This degradation and loss of plant species threatens the food and habitat on which other native species rely.
Clearing allows weeds and invasive animals to spread and affects greenhouse gas emissions.
The project areas harbour a number of indigenous plant species which provide important
habitat and nutrients for native wildlife. By erecting fencing and actively managing invasive
species, the project avoids emissions caused by clearing and achieves key environmental and biodiversity benefits.
Efficient cookstoves, Kenya
In emerging economies, a significant percentage of energy needs, especially for cooking, are met by the burning of wood, sourced through the unsustainable logging of native forests. The smoke from traditional wood fires presents significant respiratory, heart and eye problems particularly for women and children who are responsible for preparing meals. These offset projects distribute clean, efficient stoves that slow down the combustion of wood, significantly improving indoor air quality, reducing health risks as well as the time required to collect firewood.
Local stove producers and distributors have been engaged to develop a commercialised supply chain, creating local employment and training. The new stoves feature improved design and insulation whilst remaining intentionally similar to traditional cooking methods.