As the world grapples with climate change and rising greenhouse gas emissions, researchers believe there is one potential way to reduce our carbon footprint: remote work.
Cornell University and Microsoft researchers published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which indicate employees who work from home could have a 54% lower carbon footprint than employees who work in an office.
Hybrid work also can help lower someone’s carbon footprint. Working two to four days a week helps someone reduce carbon footprint by 11% to 29% compared to onsite workers.
Working one day a week from home was considered to have a negligible impact on someone’s carbon footprint.
The researchers said that in addition to travel, remote workers also don’t require office energy use.
However, remote and hybrid work can have some drawbacks for reducing someone’s carbon footprint. The researchers found that hybrid workers tend to live further from the office than onsite …