Is Remote Working Eco-Friendly?

For those looking for more flexibility with work, it has certainly been an exciting couple of years as remote options look here to stay and all of the flexibility that comes with it too. It has given most the ability to explore extra activities with the additional free time found from those seeking out a passion-project as side-hustles and extra work has seen a huge uptick, passions for entertainment as online gaming options like casinos at have seen a huge surge, and other entertainment platforms like online streaming and music too. Whilst it would be instinctive to think that working from home would have a positive impact on the climate with the lack of people travelling to and from work and the daily commute coming to an end, that may not be the entire truth – so just how eco-friendly is the change?

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Hybrid-working has become a concern ­– Whilst many are seeing as a net positive, there have been concerns raised around a hybrid-working approach for those who may spend half the week in the office and half the week at home, this may increase energy usage at both locations and not cut out the commute either. There has already been some research into a range of different households and the impact that this could have on the environment and will certainly be something monitored a bit closer into the future too as the true impact of the change is figured out – but early assessments would suggest that one or the other would-be preference, full time in the office or full time at home, and the hybrid approach to work both at the same time could be more detrimental in the long run, when starting a business make sure to be keeping your focus on your goal.

There are strong positives though – Even with the potential drawback that comes from hybrid working, there are net gains to be found too – an optimistic look has been provided by the cut of the daily commute or those who do commute relying more on public transport than they may have previously done – traffic emissions will be the biggest cut with a study suggesting  that those working from home four days a week could reduce these emissions by up to 10%. With other options being explored in a potential four-day working week in the future too, it could lead to these cuts being even bigger with fewer hours being worked during the week.

It’s certainly going to be an interesting few years to come following the changes that have been seen and there may be some surprises along the way too – whilst the are some eco-changes that do look positive there are some that may not look so great either, and a lot of information still to be unveiled from the adjustment.

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