Working from home emissions

In our latest blog post we discuss the carbon impact of working from home.

Lots more of us have been working from home recently, which means we’ve brought business-related carbon emissions home with us. As a B Corp, we’re committed to understanding our carbon impact, and we want to help members and businesses do the same.

Around 15 million people (47% of the workforce) have been working from home since coronavirus restrictions came into place earlier this year.

Companies might have seen direct emissions in the workplace fall, but these emissions haven’t disappeared. They’re just being created somewhere else.

If businesses don’t understand how to measure these emissions, millions of tonnes of CO2 might not be measured or reported. So we contributed to a paper that gives businesses clear guidance on measuring the carbon impact of a remote workforce. (You can find the equation in the blog post).

If you’ve been working from home, have you thought about these extra emissions? Do you think companies should be measuring them? Or maybe you’re self employed and you’ve already looked at it. What do you think?

And if you want to understand your own carbon footprint, head over to our carbon calculator to find out the effects of your consumption.

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I think an annual audit on company emissions each year (including WFH) should be mandatory.

That way no data would be skewed if companies are left to their own devices

@Ricky.String Thank you for sharing your ideas on this post.

I agree this would be a great way to ensure that data is accurate. :world_map: