Study after study confirms that electric cars are much cleaner than internal-combustion vehicles. For example, the Union of Concerned Scientists recently verified that the average gas car produces up to seven times the average electric vehicle emissions. That’s based on a new gasoline car getting an optimistic 31 mpg.
While the whole electric vehicle fleet doesn’t produce any local emissions, an EV’s exact carbon footprint is dependent on the local grid’s energy mix. In many parts of the country, the grid is getting cleaner and greener every day. But it’s likely to take another decade or two before most regions rely on 100% renewable power.
Even if you don’t get 100% of your energy from a renewable source, you can still achieve zero emission vehicles and transportation. That’s achievable with JuiceEco, a clean energy solution from Enel X Way that enables EV owners to purchase Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) that match the electricity used to charge their electric cars. With a single click, EV drivers can purchase that number of JuiceEco renewable credits that correspond to the energy usage required to power their driving. Voila!
An overview of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and carbon offsets
Governments, companies, organizations, and everyday folks alike are trying to curb their carbon emissions to mitigate climate change and provide environmental benefits. Over 90% of Fortune 500 companies now report their greenhouse gas emissions, and many are pledging to achieve carbon neutrality, with Amazon promising to be carbon neutral by 2040, Microsoft committing to be carbon negative by 2030, and Shell targeting net-zero emissions by 2050.
These businesses have developed comprehensive strategies to hit their sustainability targets by cutting fossil fuels and resorting to more clean energy solutions. One strategy, used by businesses as well as individuals looking to reduce their carbon footprint, is to leverage carbon offsets or renewable energy certificates, both of which help cancel out greenhouse gas emissions These tools can support consumers and businesses in achieving their climate goals and help enable the growth of renewables and clean energy. Any EV driver interested in reducing their carbon footprint and making their electric transportation even greener may want to consider taking advantage of carbon offsets and Renewable Energy Credits.