HR Strange But True!
September 30, 2010
A recent program on BBC Radio claims that studies show that telecommuters who teleconference actually generate more carbon dioxide than their onsite colleagues who actually sit in on the meetings.

The program, which ran on the U.K.’s BBC Radio 4, cites one study by consulting company WSP Environmental that says teleworkers generate one-third more CO2 per year than in-house workers. It also cites another unnamed U.S. study that shows CO2 savings by teleworkers are “insubstantial,” at less than 1 percent.

Some reasons for the lack of emissions savings are that teleworkers may be running air conditioning/heat in their homes at higher levels than if they were at work; they may use more energy running multiple computers and screens to stay connected; and they actually may use their cars more than colleagues who get to the office via public transit.



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