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Working from Home

What is better than a low or no emissions commute to work. Yes, no commute to work.

A number of leading technology commentators have referred to the 2020/21 pandemic as “The world’s biggest working from home experiment”. And the result of this experiment is that, thanks to the internet and advanced communications technology, a lot of people are able to work away from the office effectively and efficiently.

But what is also important is that the lock-down requirement to work from home has provided a significant drop in carbon emissions. Across the EU, including the UK, carbon emissions fell by nearly 10% during the height of the pandemic.

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It also resulted in significantly less traffic congestion and clogged up roads. This was brought about by two elements, firstly people working or schooling from home and just not driving anywhere, and secondly more people taking to their bikes or legs in order to get some daily exercise.

There are of course, certain occupations for which working from home is just not an option, for example, building or logistics. But it is expected that, post pandemic, more companies will be allowing their employees the flexibility to work from home more often.  This will certainly help in reducing carbon emissions and congestion in the future and should be a consideration for all workers to help towards a greener future.

Useful links 

NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/coronavirus/simple-tips-to-tackle-working-from-home/

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