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Cars and Global Warming: Is Telecommuting Helping the Environment?

By    |   Sunday, 22 Mar 2015 06:59 AM

Telecommuting not only saves workers time and money, but it also clears the air for a better environment. The fewer cars on the road reduce the amount of gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

One person might simply look at the convenience of working from home, communicating with the workplace through phone or digital means. It eliminates travel time to and from work and decreases transportation costs. Adding up the millions of people who telecommute makes an enormous difference overall on the impact to the environment.

As more companies allow telecommuting for their workers and more people work from home through self-employment, the reduction in traffic results in less fuel consumption and fewer pollutants that would have been released into the air.

Fuel waste that harms the environment is reduced dramatically. Commuters often find themselves in traffic jams, a major problem on the highways and interstates.

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Congestion sends even more gas emissions into the air because of idled traffic. Commuters waste time and money on gas costs, but idled traffic also increases greenhouse gasses as much as 26 million extra tons a year, according to Global Workplace Analytics.

Telecommuting plays an important role in reducing traffic congestion and pressure on the transportation infrastructure. It decreases the number of accidents and the amount of road damage, which have negative environmental consequences.

An increase in telecommuting also has a positive ripple effect. Companies that offer more work-at-home policies for their employees reduce their own energy needs, saving on their costs and helping the environment. Meanwhile, telecommuters take advantage of energy-efficient products at home, reducing the energy output for large commercial operations.

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Telecommuting contributes to a cleaner environment in relation to commercial properties. Employers don’t need to purchase more real estate and can share workspaces in existing buildings with fewer on-site workers. This reduces the amount of car pollutants associated with additional buildings that create more traffic and congestion, affecting global warming.

Some companies don’t allow telecommuting because they prefer face-to-face contact with employees and clients for effective productivity. But even part-time telecommuting for workers at these companies could reduce traffic congestion to decrease lost productivity time, according to Joseph Sarkis, professor of management at Clark University, on Worcester Business Journal Online.

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