One thing that has changed due to the pandemic is the idea of “shared” mobility. With social distancing measures to slow the spread of the pandemic being at the front and center of our minds, it seems unlikely that people would happily consider taking shared means of transport. This has led to fewer people using public transport in 2020 and increased use of private vehicles and personal mobility vehicles in cities.
Though, we cannot deny that the improved air quality seen in urban areas during periods of lockdown throughout the pandemic has made us more aware of the positive impact of reducing the number of cars with combustion engines on our roads. Our collective view on the possibility of electric mobility improving our quality of life has changed, because now we truly believe it can do so.
At MAPFRE, both in Malta and at Group level, we're fully committed to promoting sustainable practices at work, especially when such practices aid in the preservation of our environment and tackle constantly faced issues such as air pollution via the emission of greenhouse gases. That's why we've adopted a hybrid working model to encourage remote working amongst most of our employees.
With this remote working model, we're continuously managing to meet our targets in the reduction of emissions while still retaining a strong sense communication, innovation, and collaboration through our online meetings. After all, commuting is not good for the environment, and even less so when employees use their personal vehicles and commute alone, especially due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The bottom line is that with our remote working hybrid model, we are hitting multiple targets due to saving on travel costs and significantly reducing MAPFRE Group's carbon footprint.