Volvo and iPhone have teamed up with 'Commute Greener' to create an application that allows you to calculate the CO2 emissions created by your own means of personal transportation.

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‘Commute Greener’ can be accessed as an application via iPhones or through the group's website enabling the user to quickly see by how much carbon dioxide emissions are reduced or increased by using different means of transportation.

Volvo's home town, the City of Gothenburg in Sweden, is the first city in the world to order the service for its employees.

By registering the different methods of transport that are used for commuting to and from work, the program calculates how much carbon dioxide is emitted per user when utilising different modes of transport, such as the car, train, bus, boat or bicycle.

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The service also provides an online community for exchanging experience and for competitions between colleagues, friends and family members about the possible size of reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.

“Our tests have shown that individuals can quickly reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by more than 30 per cent using Commute Greener,” says Magnus Holmqvist at Volvo IT.

‘Commute Greener’ has already been launched within the Volvo Group. The same tool will now make it possible for 2,000 employees within the City of Gothenburg to understand the most efficient and environmentally sound way to commute in any given scenario, and change their commuting habits.

“Commute Greener is a tool which the employees within the City of Gothenburg can use to set a good example regarding the fulfilment of the City’s environmental objectives,” says Eva Rhodin at the City’s traffic office, who is in charge of increasing the demand for sustainable transport.

‘Commute Greener’ is also an important part of the Volvo Group’s overall environmental programme.

“Volvo has been working with environmental care since 1972. We now regard it as an important task to involve individuals,” says Niklas Gustavsson, Vice President Environmental and Public Affairs, Volvo.

The technology behind ‘Commute Greener’ is in line with the UN´s climate change initiative.

“The UN has made it very clear that innovation and technology play an important part. Regulations and agreements are also important. However, at the end of the day, it is the choices that you and I make that can really make a difference,” says Niklas Gustavsson.

For more information on 'Commute Greener', go to www.commutegreener.com