Everyone has a responsibility to reduce their energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and plastic and paper waste, and small actions can help to safeguard our planet.
Any business or employee striving to have a positive impact on the planet should consider telecommuting. If you are unsure about its benefits, find out how remote working improves the environment.
Less Gasoline Usage
Americans reportedly use an average of 392 million gallons of gasoline every day. As it is estimated that there are 24.7 million people working from home, this means telecommuters are saving approximately 30 million gallons each working day. Not only does this help to decrease the consumption of fossil fuels, but it can also improve an employee’s bank balance.
A Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions
One of the most significant benefits of telecommuting is not needing to embark on the commute into work. Not only does this provide an employee with a greater work/life balance, but it can also help to reduce their carbon footprint. According to Global Workforce Analytics, remote working for only half of a week could decrease emissions by up to 54 million metric tons each year.
Lower Energy Consumption
Energy consumption is another primary climate change contributor. However, telecommuting can help to improve the problem, as fewer employees in an office can result in smaller energy consumption.
This cannot only help to save the planet, but it could also save a business a substantial sum throughout the year. What’s more, remote working can decrease the use of printer paper, which can also help to combat climate change.
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A Decrease in Air Pollution
The burning of fossil fuels can increase the production of nitrous oxides (NOX), particulate matter (PM), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which pollute the air.
Driving to and from work every day can, unfortunately, increase air pollution, which can have an adverse effect on both the environment and human health.
For example, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) can lead to the development of respiratory conditions, such as asthma.
Also, the reaction of nitrous oxide with volatile organic compounds or ammonia can alter:
- The ozone concentration
- Water acidity
- Soil acidity
- An ecosystem’s diversity
Less Office Waste
A high-quality printer can make it easy for office workers to print off a document over sending a digital file. However, printing is not always an easy or affordable option for remote workers, as they will not want to waste their hard-earned income on ink and paper.
Plus, remote workers are also likely to buy fast food or coffee from a chain, which can reduce the use of disposable cups, wrappers, plastic forks and paper bags.
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