Friday 22 April 2022

Commuters remotely working 2.5 days a week ‘to slash carbon footprint’

Commuters remotely working 2.5 days a week ‘to slash carbon footprint’

Commuters are cutting their trips into work by two-and-a-half days each week to lower their carbon footprint.

That’s according to new research from workspace provider IWG, which revealed that 76% of office workers are looking to split their time working from home and the office to stop emissions.

The survey also revealed that this is largely backed-up by their employers, with 69% of the companies stating that their employees reducing their commuting distances is also helping them achieve their sustainability targets.

Companies also quoted the financial benefits of this; saving money on utilities, building and running costs.

The research claims that 45% of workers felt so strongly about their environmental impact that they outright refused to come back into the office five days a week, with 66% saying their work/life balance is now in a better place as a result.

In 2020, during the peak of the pandemic, global emissions fell by around a quarter with people staying at home and not travelling into work – workers are seemingly looking to take influence from this trend.

“Companies want to retain their best talent and reduce their impact on the environment. The adoption of hybrid working does both,” said IWG CEO Mark Dixon.

“Not only does cutting long daily commutes into city centre locations have clear environmental benefits but hybrid working also helps companies save more than £8,000 per employee.

“Ultimately, by adopting hybrid working, businesses save money, gain flexibility, and reduce their carbon footprint, while employees spend less time and money travelling without losing the social aspect of office life.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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