In looking at ways to reduce our carbon emissions, commuting often emerges as a major obstacle. It’s a big slice of my own carbon footprint, even though I generally travel in to London just twice a week. So working from home is often suggested as a way of reducing travel distance and cutting emissions.
Tele-commuting has been possible since the late 1940s, when ordinary people began to get telephones installed for the first time. As the Carbon Trust note in their report on the subject, it gained popularity during the oil crises of the 1970s, and then came of age with the internet. It’s not possible for every job of course, but today 4 million of Britain’s 30 million workforce usually work from home.
There are many advantages.
- For the employee, it saves the time and expense of commuting. Working two days a week from home saves an average…
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