PHOTO:PHIL WALTER/GETTY-IMAGES As three in four Kiwis drive to work, we could cut carbon emissions by tens of thousands of tonnes by remote working.
If one in five Kiwis opt to work from home once a week, we’d prevent 84,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere. That’s equivalent to taking 35,000 cars off the road, according to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).
The country could also cut our transport emissions by another 65,000 tonnes if business travellers flying between Auckland and Wellington chose to swap their meeting for a Zoom, Google or Teams video chat, the authority calculated.
Remote working and videoconferencing went mainstream during the lockdown. These habits could help our country’s efforts to build a carbon-zero economy and avoid catastrophic climate change, EECA chief executive Andrew Caseley said.
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