The COVID pandemic has revolutionised the way we work and where. Many people relocated out of corporate hubs as remote working became more permissible.
Employees in the US who work remotely full time were estimated to cut their emissions by 54 per cent compared with those working in an office, researchers from Cornell University and Microsoft found.
To study the impact of different working patterns on GHG emissions, the researchers used multiple datasets - including Microsoft’s own employee data - and examined five categories of emissions including energy use in buildings and ICT.
Full-time home workers’ dramatic CO2 cuts were largely down to less office energy use and fewer emissions from a daily commute.
With fewer workers on the roads during rush hour, there have also been wider WFH savings, as less traffic tends to improve fuel economy.