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Now’s the Time to Change Workplace Culture for a Healthier Future

For decades, there has been a push to ‘go green’ and create a healthier future by changing the way people commute to work, such as fewer cars and more carpooling, cycling and the use of public transport.

Despite best attempts, old habits are hard to break and there has been no seismic shift in our car-centric culture — until now.

The pandemic has forced many people to work from home, which not only dramatically reduced the amount of vehicles on the road, it also reduced pollution and improved air quality.

In April 2020, at the peak of lockdown and stay-at-home orders, daily carbon dioxide emissions dropped by 17% globally, according to the journal Nature Climate Change. However, while vehicle usage dropped during lockdown, it is now beginning to climb again as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

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Is there a case to continue remote work for environmental sustainability?

Reducing our reliance on office space not only cuts commuting, it also means that businesses can save on heating, cooling and other energy costs, while employees can save time and enjoy better work life balance.

Perhaps now is the time to embrace a healthier future of work by changing our car-centric culture and working more flexibly, which is healthier for everyone — including our planet.

ABOUT Jo Meunier (née Disney)
Jo Meunier (née Disney)

Jo is AllWork's Senior Editor for the UK and Europe. Jo has worked within business centre and coworking circles since 2009, researching and contributing written features for numerous industry publications. She reports on the latest market news and delves into local issues with one main objective: to champion the flexible workspace industry and its members. Get in touch with Jo here or via [email protected]. View all posts by Jo Meunier (née Disney)

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