Petrol Motorcycles = more harm than good

3 min readJul 27, 2020

What does 16,560 tonnes of CO2 do to the UAE?

Following our recent article “Should delivery vehicles go electric in the UAE” we were asked to help define what the 16,000 tonnes of CO2 produced does to our environment.

Based on the fact that 12,000 petrol delivery motorcycles in the UAE produce more than 16,000 tonnes per year, this article helps show in consumer terms the affects this has to our environment and how together, we can make the change.

What does 16,560 tonnes of CO2 equate to?

Would fill a modest 16-storey building (with a 1,250 sq feet footprint with average height of 13 feet) or a 20,000 sq feet warehouse!

This is a 20,000 ft2 warehouse, this is filled every year with CO2 from petrol motorcycles in the UAE alone.

3,440 Passenger vehicles driven for one year or
64,694,974 kms driven by an average passenger vehicle

2,743 homes’ electricity use for one year

Carbon sequestered by 272,831 tree seedlings grown for 10 years

21,157 acres of forests could have been protected in one year

37,507 barrels of oil consumed

2,066,077,603 number of smartphones charged

We want to help visualise the alarming statistics and these figures are just for the UAE! Within the GCC these figures would be enough to cover the landmass of tens of miles of desert (actual volumes of motorcycles in use in the GCC can’t be obtained).

Many companies aren’t focused on the environmental savings or their CO2 footprint (and there are much worse pollutants within this ‘cocktail of damage’), understandably so. Many look at the cost implications of switching to electric or other modes of transportation.

So, if we were to show you how you can save the cost of a delivery fleet within just one year, without negatively affecting your budgets, would this be of interest? This is of course for you to decide and action.

Please do reach out and speak to us, if you’d like to arrange a meeting to discuss, please email for an appointment.

Thank you for reading,
Adam Ridgway




A curated team of Sustainabilists focused on the future of mobility bringing change to this world of ours.