Oeko-Institute: Working from home helps to protect the climate

An increase in working from home (WFH) has the potential to save up to 3.7 million tonnes of climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions per year in Germany – even if private cars are used for most commutes, as in 2021. However, if more people switch back to using public transport as soon as infection control measures permit, an even greater contribution to climate change mitigation can be made. These are the findings of a new Oeko-Institut study which assessed the environmental and social impacts of mobile working during the pandemic.

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“Working from home,” by Victoria Heath, CC BY.

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