Ubiatar & ecology
…the small frog jumped out of her pond, directly on the big green leave that was hanging on the clear waters.
The frog, the plant and all the living things into the pond and the surrounding environment had no way of knowing that their existence had been decided a decade before, when ubiatar went mainstream.
The reduction of the pollution and CO2 emissions produced by the introduction of the ubiatar service cannot be overestimated.
Just think about the reduction due to telepresence with Avatars: we estimate a potential of at least 1 million Avatars in the world (and the estimate is very low, Uber has 1.5 millions drivers).
We estimate ten services per month per Avatar, this leads to ten million services per month (uber has 40 millions rides per month).
If we estimate a 10% of services that avoid a walk and a 40% of services that would require a car in a range of 100 kilometers from the Usar, we can think of a reduction of 4,000,000 car trips of 50 Kms each on average; a total of 200 million kilometers of car trip reduction each month.
The average emissions level of a new car sold in 2016 was 118.1 grams of CO2 per kilometer (g CO2/km), so we can predict an ubiatar-generated reduction of 23,620 metrical tons of car-traffic CO2 per month.
If we estimate a 20% of services that would require a train in a range of 800 kilometers from the Usar, we can think of a reduction of 2,000,000 train trips of 400 Kms each on average; a total of 800 million kilometers of train trip/passenger reduction each month.
The average CO2 emission of a train per kilometer per passenger is 60.2 (g CO2/km), so we can predict an ubiatar-generated reduction of 48,160 metrical tons of train-traffic CO2 per month.
If we estimate a 30% of services that would require an airplane in a range of 15000 kilometers from the Usar, we can think of a reduction of 3,000,000 airplane trips of 7500 Kms each on average; a total of 22,500 million kilometers of airplane trip/passenger reduction each month.
The average CO2 emission of a train per kilometer per passenger is 175.3 (g CO2/km), so we can predict an ubiatar-generated reduction of 3,944,250 metrical tons of airplane-traffic CO2 per month.
The sum of all reductions leads to 4,016,030 metrical tons of CO2 per month.
Obviously, not all these trips would have occurred without the telepresence option, so let’s divide this figure in half: it still is a 2 MILLIONS metrical tons reduction per month, or 24 MILLIONS metrical tons of less CO2 each year.
Notice that alongside with CO2 emissions reduction, ubiatar also produces a general pollution reduction. The pollutants coming from cars are especially dangerous in urban environments and reducing them has a direct impact on death levels, not only from pollution-related diseases but from traffic accidents too.
ubiatar gives a work to many people in difficult countries and could easily be one of the main sources of income in places where people would otherwise be forced to migrate. Giving a job to people that can stay at home achieves many different goals: avoid desperation and migration, reduce pollution due to large masses of people moving over long distances in search of a different future, reduce extreme exploitation of grounds, animals and water for cultivations that would otherwise be the only means of subsistence for poor people.
Another important effect of the ubiatar service is that of the development and promotion of a better knowledge of the world and the different cultures in it. Being able to easily explore and interact with other people in exotic countries opens up the minds, offers a better understanding of the complex processes behind each product we buy and helps develop a better global conscience and ethical and ecological awareness.
NAEI, National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory.
DEFRA, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
DfT, Department for Transport