JAKARTA – Trends in working remotely or from home (WFH) is believed to help reduce employee emissions by up to 54%.
This initial transition to WFH working and hybrid working emerged after the Covid-19 pandemic. The rapid spread of the virus has prompted companies to carry out various monitoring activities involving remote workers.
The effectiveness of remote working has finally reached its current point, where several studies show the positive effects of remote working, one of which is the reduction of emissions produced by remote workers compared to regular office workers.
Reported by the site Gizmodoon Thursday (9/21/2023) a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concretely discussed the reduction in worker emissions that occurred, underlining some points such as the effects of reducing travel and working outside the office.
The research, conducted by researchers at Microsoft and Cornell University, analyzed various worker emissions considerations such as communications technology, commuting, non-commuting and office energy use, then compared them to energy use at home .
As a result, emissions from energy consumption working in the office are higher than those from WFH or hybrid working.
“Remote workers can have a 54% smaller carbon footprint than on-site workers; hybrid workers with two to four workdays at home can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 11 to 29%,” the study says.
In other words, the researchers are trying to explain that the biggest contributor to emissions from on-site workers and hybrid workers is the energy used in the offices themselves. However, this does not necessarily suggest the practice of remote working across the board.
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