The latest research in the United States shows that the greenhouse gas emissions of working entirely from home are less than half that of physical offices. As far as the hybrid model of remote work one day a week is concerned, the reduction effect is only 2%.
The British Guardian reported that a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that in the United States, full remote work could reduce personal greenhouse gas emissions by 54% compared to physical offices.
For example, for the hybrid office model, one day of telecommuting per week reduced only 2%. The main reason is that the increase in non-travel travel offsets the energy consumption saved by telecommunications. Second, in the United States, although the shift to working from home has caused many people to move from “high-density commuting areas” (protein areas) to “low-density commuting areas”, those people For those who work in mixed offices, commuting distance and time increases. This results in the emission of more greenhouse gases.
Additionally, employees working remotely 2 to 4 days per week can reduce their personal emissions by up to 29%, compared to physical offices.
In addition, Cornell University andMicrosoft(Microsoft) established a model to analyze commuting and telecommunication behaviors such as physical, remote and hybrid modes. The results found that the carbon footprint of the information and communications technology industry is very small. The main reason is that most of the telecom offices help in saving energy and daily life. Traffic.
Despite this, implementing emissions reductions when working from home requires careful arrangements. Even though many people gain positive environmental benefits through remote work, they produce large amounts of emissions during social activities. Furthermore, in terms of the use of renewable energy and the efficiency of electrical appliances, the home environment Not possiblecarbon reductionIdeal location.
Study co-author and Cornell University researcher Fengqi Yu said that although the study focused on the United States, the behavior models and trends can also be applied to Europe and the United States.Japan, He called on companies to review energy efficiency policies, reduce the size of office spaces and make greater use of shared office spaces.