Mobike has been recognized by the UN for its contribution to the advancement of low carbon public transport. Mobike won the accolade in the Entrepreneurial Vision category of the United Nations Environment’s Champions of the Earth awards.

Hu Weiwei, Mobike’s founder, was presented with the award alongside six other winners–including two other Chinese winners–at a ceremony in Nairobi on Tuesday at the UN Environment Assembly. Back in China, heaps of abandoned Mobike bicycles suggest a less positive environmental impact from the firm.

Mobike was awarded the prize for “exploring market-driven solutions to air pollution and climate change,” according to the UN Environment’s release. Mobike has calculated its own figures for the amount of CO2 its bikes have prevented from being pumped into the atmosphere had the journeys been made by car. Its 200 million users in over 200 cities make over 30 million rides a day. So far, they have cycled 18.2 billion kilometers, the equivalent of 4.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide or 1.24 million cars being taken off the road each year.

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Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...