Is The Path To Cutting Carbon Emissions In The Palm of Your Hand?

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TripGo*. It’s a simple concept. Provide people with an app that lowers individual transportation emissions by efficiently coordinating, navigating, and planning travel routes. Yet it’s a very real, available technology solution in line with the findings in last month’s report, A Global High Shift Scenario, published by the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).


“More than $100 trillion in cumulative public and private spending, and 1,700 megatons of annual carbon dioxide (CO2)—a 40 percent reduction of urban passenger transport emissions—could be eliminated by 2050 if the world expands public transportation, walking and cycling in cities,” A Global High Shift Scenario states.

The technology- and sustainability-oriented team at Sydney, Australia-based SkedGo, the makers of TripGo, wholeheartedly agree with the need to encourage cleaner public transportation options, smart cars, bicycle usage, etc.

But they’d like to see the shift happening much quicker than 2050 — and are quite literally putting the power in the hands of individuals to automatically create carbon smart travel choices.

To date, over 500,000 users have downloaded the app, which automatically plans trips to, from, and between events in your calendar, intelligently proposing the best connections. It also personalizes trips according to transport preferences.

Additional TripGo features include:

  • Real-time public transport information.
  • Door-to-door options for easy comparison on price, time and environmental impact – including public transport, taxi and bike share.
  • Trip planners according to your transport preferences.
  • Get reminders for your upcoming planned trips
  • Public transport pricing.
  • Tolls and car park information.
  • Taxi fares.
  • Search for points of interest and businesses.
  • Save trips to calendar.
  • Open from Apple Maps.
  • Launch turn by turn navigation.
  • Universal for iPhone and iPad.

TripGo supports the following modes of transport:

  • Public transport: buses, ferries, subways, trains, trams
  • Taxi
  • Shuttle services
  • Car
  • Motorbike
  • Bicycle
  • Walking

To learn more, download the app, or see if TripGo is available in your city:

*This article was generously sponsored by TripGo.

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7 thoughts on “Is The Path To Cutting Carbon Emissions In The Palm of Your Hand?

  • OK . . . an app to help us be greener. That’s fine.

    Now, let’s please do something about the billions of smart phones we throw away each year: by making them more easily upgradable, so we use them for many more years.

    Or – if we are resigned to retire these devices so quickly and replace them with next year’s thinner, faster and more feature-laden model – make them more biodegradable.

    I tend to think that an upgradeable phones is better approach (and, perhaps, addressing the biodegradability of the replaceable components.) I remember
    seeing a concept to that end a couple of years ago . . .

    Sorry to take this so far off topic. But every app that helps us be greener has to be weighed against the fact that 99% of cell phones and other such devices we run those apps on are, inherently, not green.

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  • So I read the article, hoping for something beyond existing public transportation planning apps or websites, or at least some comparison with them. Nothing, until the very end:

    This article was generously sponsored by TripGo.

    All right, so that’s the one reason this is even here. Thanks for telling us, appreciated, but it’d have saved me some time if this notice had been a little more prominent, say at the beginning of the article and/or with a “sponsored content” icon alongside the title on the home page.

  • “Is The Path To Cutting Carbon Emissions In The Palm of Your Hand?”


  • Perhaps it’s because, James, I don’t live and die by my cell phone (I’m on the 3rd year of my super-stripped-down flip phone, which came out at about the same time that the iPhone 3 was uber chic,)
    I can only be so supportive of the “drop it in the bin” idea. It’s a thoughtful gesture but, ultimately, has little real oversight.

    If, in fact, my wife’s or son’s “obsolete” iPhones weren’t dumped in the trash (they weren’t, and we now have a few older ones in our kitchen junk drawer,) and actually makes it into the deserving hands of a Third Worlder for a 2nd lease on life, who is to say that
    our hypothetical Kenyan doesn’t toss it into the Athi River 6 months later, when the battery gives out and it’s too much of a bother or expensive to find a nearby Apple Service Center?

    This above scenario gets to the issue of end user serviceability which, I think, the modular Phonebloks idea addresses quite nicely (modular processors and SOCs a possibility, I’m sure, and it’s a crying shame that we’re not even allowed to change our own batteries any longer without voiding warranties.)

    Alternately,I’d be happy to see less ambitious flip phones, like mine, made with bamboo cases and circuit boards fashioned from bioplastics that are designed to biodegrade 6 or 7 years later (even I don’t hang onto my cheapie phones that long.)

    Too bad the industry has only skirted with these ideas . . . kind of reminds me of the glacial transition that most who run the auto industry are conducting in their baby step march towards making EVs available everywhere.

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