/ 20 September 2023

A green reason to work from home

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WFH converts talk up the benefits of the flexible work arrangement – and now they can add some green creds to the list… A new study from Cornell University and Microsoft has found the average remote worker produces a carbon footprint that’s 54% lower than an office worker. The environmental benefits aren’t as good for hybrid workers – those who WFH once a week reduced their emissions by 2%, while those working from home 4 days a week cut their footprint by 29%. That’s because remote workers produce fewer emissions without a daily commute and use less energy in the office. But WFHers can’t call themselves net-zero – the study also found they tended to contribute more emissions on social activities than their office counterparts. After being at home all week, you’d expect them to let off some steam…

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