What environmental benefits are there to remote work?

Remote work promotes work/life balance and personal productivity. Relieved of the stress and time spent commuting, workers are free to focus on creativity and innovation. At the same time, energy savings from
facilities and data centers compound the reduction of greenhouse gases.  On average, a commuting employee travels 30 kilometres a day for 232 workdays a year. 68% drive to work, so a company with 1,000 employees will log a cumulative 4,620,799 kilometres. That’s 1,172 cubic tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year (of which 1,436 acres of forest would sequester that carbon over a period of one year, according to Natural Resources Canada).  Considering Canadian commuting volumes coupled with increasing commute times and population density (especially in the GTA), these numbers can be grossly underestimated.

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