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How remote and hybrid work can significantly cut carbon footprint

San Francisco A new study shows that working remotely can actually have a 54 percent lower carbon footprint than onsite work. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that hybrid employees who worked from home two to four days per week could reduce their carbon footprint by 11 percent to 29 percent, but only one day per week. Work from home. Cutting the carbon footprint by just 2 percent.
The study, conducted by researchers at Cornell University and Microsoft, looked at factors that are sometimes overlooked when calculating carbon footprint, including time-use allocation, non-travel distance and mode of transportation, and residential energy use based on communication device use. Survey data and modeling were used for inclusion. , number of household members and office configuration, such as seat sharing and building size.
“Remote work is not zero carbon, and the benefits of hybrid work are not completely linear,” said Fengqi Yu, senior author of the study and professor of energy systems engineering at Cornell. The study found that seat sharing among hybrid workers could reduce the carbon footprint by 28 percent under full-building attendance. Hybrid workers have to travel farther than onsite workers due to differences in housing options.
According to the study, the impact of remote and hybrid work on communication technologies such as computer, phone and Internet use has a negligible impact on the overall carbon footprint. “Remote and hybrid work show great potential for reducing carbon footprint, but what behavior should these companies and other policymakers encourage to maximize benefits?” said Longqi Yang, principal applied research manager at Microsoft and corresponding author of the study. “Globally, every person, every country and every region has these types of opportunities with remote work. How can joint benefits change the whole world? This is something we really want to further our understanding of,” said Yanqiu Tao, first author of the study.

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