Occasional ‘work from home’, carpooling, and cycling might be the solution for corporate workers to reduce their carbon footprints

The persisting threats of climate change has presented a situation where every company needs to take extra precaution and raise awareness about sustainability of their products and ethical sourcing of their raw materials. Over the years companies are increasingly recognizing the need to take the climate crisis seriously and take effective steps to battle it. 

Battling the climate crisis is something that satisfies the company’s clients, and meets the climate safety regulations that are progressively being regulated by the government in anticipation of global warming and climate change. Thus, it is really important for training company emplyees and staff to act on climate change while they do their jobs. 

Sustainable commuting

 Commuting is one of the key causes behind green house gas emission. Out of the total harmful gas emission, commuting accounts for 16 per cent of it. In most cases, employees show up to work in their private cars. Taking an initiative to change private vehicle usage and introducing other forms of commuting can go a long way in reducing green house gas emission. 

Introduction of electric cars in this context can be very useful. They emit approximately one third carbon dioxide of the petrol vehicles emit, studies say based on the amount of fossil fuel consumed by electric cars. It is a more enviornment- friendly option than petrol cars. Other than that, encouraging employees to carpool while coming might also save fuel expense and emission at a large rate. They might take turns everyday to drive themselves and their colleagues to work and back home. 

Promtoing and encouraging employees to opt for public transports can also bring about a significant change to the carbon emission due to commuting. 

If the city provides safe cycling track and employees are able, cycyling to work can also be an exemplary step that some employees of the company can take to get to their workplace. 

These are some of the possible options or methods that employees can use to reduce their carbon footprints.  

Working from home

 Global pandemic due to covid 19 has forced most employees to choose ‘work from home’ options over zoom calls and online meetings. While the situation posited several problems for corporates, it also gave them a chance to explore the ‘work from home’ option. According to International Energy Agency (IEA), If everyone works from home at least one day a week it can reduce global oil consumption by 1 per cent. IEA also suggests that if a person’s workplace is farther than 6 km, working from home can significantly help them reduce their carbon footprint. 

These are some of the ways companies can encourage their employees to reduce their carbon footprints. If corporate workers adopt a more sustainable lifestyle with these few small changes, it can lead up to make a big difference in the face of looming climate crisis. 

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