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Dott releases first sustainability report

Dott, the responsible European micro-mobility operator, today released its first annual sustainability report, measuring the impact of its operations and progress against its targets throughout 2021. In an industry first, the report has been produced following the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards and Dott’s sustainability goals are linked directly to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Long serving vehicles Dott’s unique in-house operations model ensures high quality vehicle maintenance, resulting in its first generation vehicles continuing to be in use in their fourth year. The longest serving vehicles have now travelled 6,500 km, equivalent to nearly twice the vertical length of Europe.2 Working with battery technology company Gouach, Dott is exploring new technology which would allow its batteries to be repaired, increasing the lifespan of one of the most CO2 intensive elements of its vehicles. Green operations By shifting to electric vans and cargo bikes to run Dott’s operations, the operator reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 48% compared to 2020, exceeding its 40% target. Dott’s operations ran on 100% renewable energy in its operations centres throughout Europe. Relentless recycling Dott’s ‘repair first’ policy increases the lifespan of its vehicles. Those that cannot be repaired are fully dismantled, with reusable parts being used to maintain the fleet, and any remaining parts recycled. This extends to batteries, which go on to be used for energy storage at a solar farm in partnership with Blocktricity. Supporting car-free cities To make it easier for people to find sustainable and efficient alternatives to car travel, Dott integrated with 27 mobility as a service (MaaS) options including Google Maps and FREE NOW, helping facilitate seamless travel combining transport modes. More than 33% of journeys now connect with a public transport service, as Dott supports moving people away from a reliance on cars for longer trips. Responsible employment Dott has rejected the gig economy since it was founded. 194 jobs were created in 2021. 38% of HQ staff identify as women and the ‘Ride Your Future’ programme was initiated, offering vocational training to create career opportunities for ground teams. Supporting local communities Dott integrates carefully to the cities it operates in, and in 2021 96% of vehicles were parked correctly, and the use of slow zones provides extra protection around areas such as school and hospital entrances. To support local communities, the ‘Helping to Help’ programme was launched, working with six NGO’s to facilitate their work through free and subsidised rides, donations and allocated team hours. A collaboration with OMNI was launched, developing a solution to make e-scooters accessible for wheelchair users. Maxim Romain, Co-Founder and COO, Dott, said: “We believe in acting transparently, and sharing our successes as well as our learnings to help progress towards full sustainability. Our mission since launching has been to free our cities with clean rides for everyone, and we’re proud of the significant improvements we have made. We are committed to building on these as we accelerate towards green mobility.” Looking forward We are targeting 100% green operations by 2025, and emissions of less than 20 CO2 eq per km. We plan to exceed the five-year lifespan of our latest vehicles, and are targeting European assembly with more transparent supply chains. The environment and social impact are at the heart of every business decision at Dott. The micro-mobility company is working to reuse, upcycle or recycle 100% of used vehicles and parts, and aims to exceed a five year life-span for its vehicles. Dott is targeting a 100% electric logistics fleet and renewable energy in all its cities. The service is designed to be as accessible as possible, and Dott works closely with local communities, aiming for equal coverage across the areas it serves and partnering with local organisations to help improve the cities in which it operates.

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