Eccentric Energy: Moving towards a low carbon future with pedal power
14th November 2019
With more home and office deliveries than ever before, could pedal power be a new source of energy?
The future of online deliveries?
When compared to 2018, global e-commerce this year will grow by a fifth – meaning many more parcels to deliver. At present, retailers rely upon vans or cars, leading to more traffic on our roads: commercial transport is currently responsible for 25% of global emissions.
However, around the world, there’s an increasing trend to make these deliveries by bike. For example, the Colibri Project plans to reduce truck deliveries in the heart of Montreal (one of Canada’s busiest cities) by harnessing the power of e-bikes. This, and similar schemes like KoMoDo in Germany and City Hubs in Norway, could help the world meet its carbon reduction targets.
Solar-powered bike helmets
Your next bike helmet could generate its own power, according to Swedish safety equipment specialists POC. Their collaboration with tech start-up Exeger has resulted in a helmet that will generate the electricity needed to power its built-in lights.
The helmet is made of ‘carbon-positive’ material and can convert natural or artificial light into sustainable power. What’s more, the company believes that it’ll be possible to insert the material they use into almost any device.
On your bike!
With the UK committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, could it be time to start thinking about getting back in the saddle? According to a report by the Institute of Transportation and Development Policy, and the University of California Davis, cycling and e-biking could help cut carbon emissions by 10%.
The report outlines the investment and policies required to replace up to 14% of urban journeys across the globe by the middle of the century. In China and The Netherlands, a quarter of such journeys could be made by bicycle; it could be as much as 11% in the United States and Canada. This gives everyone around the world a real opportunity to cut their carbon footprint, with the added benefit of saving vast amounts of money on transportation infrastructure.
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