Study: Remote work saves the earth

A recent study revealed that working from home has environmental benefits and that it can save the planet, at a time when many companies around the world are preparing to return their employees to work from their offices, after the spread of Corona virus vaccinations.

The study stated that employees who work remotely 4 days a week can contribute to a decrease in nitrogen dioxide levels by up to 10%.

The researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona discovered that after testing telecommuting two, three or four days a week, nitrogen dioxide levels decreased by 4, 8 and 10 percent, respectively.

They also concluded in their study, published in Urban Sustainability, that if 40% of service sector employees worked remotely 4 days a week, not only would this reduce nitrogen dioxide levels by 10%, but traffic emissions would be reduced by 15%.

The researchers came up with their findings based on mobility and air quality data, which were obtained in Barcelona during the coronavirus lockdown last year.

The study authors advise giving priority to teleworking and promoting it as an effective contribution to reducing urban air pollution in the long term and peak pollution in the short term.


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