Currently, 15% of our workforce is home-based. Not only does this have a positive impact on our team, but it also has a range of environmental benefits. We have gathered data that shows some of the environmental benefits of working from home.
According to the OECD, the average commuting time is 46 minutes in the UK; 25 in the US and 38 minutes in Europe. This equates to spending around 10 to 12 days in your vehicle every year. Therefore, having a large portion of our workforce home-based means that we save emissions from vehicles going to work. As a result, air quality in cities will improve if more and more people start to work from home. Remote work is vital to improve air quality. Similarly, not having to commute every day means that our teams gain around 10-15% of the time throughout their day – this means they can enjoy more free time every day while working more efficiently.
Another benefit of homeworking is reduced power consumption. Remote work makes a massive difference in power consumption around the globe. According to the world economic forum, power consumption has gone down since the outbreak of COVID-19. However, this reduction has been less than expected. This is mostly due to free time used to travel more, bad electricity habits and a general increased use of electricity at home. Therefore, we encourage our Teammates, employees, and customers to adopt efficient energy habits and be conscious of the environmental costs when travelling.
Remote work also leads to a general reduction in plastic and food waste. By brewing coffee and eating at home we avoid using single-use plastics to carry our food. Additionally, many single-use plastics are used for soda drinks and water which can be eliminated in the workplace. Eating at home also means that food waste is reduced to some extent. Furthermore, less paper is being used for business purposes. With an increasing trend of digitalized documents, remote working might be a way to drastically reduce the amount of paper consumed every year. Although this might not seem significant, every tree saved can remove up to 14 pounds of CO2, cutting down greenhouse emissions significantly during a year.