ICT in the Environment: Telework

ICT services impact our every day lives from how we work, to how we travel to how we make purchasing decisions for our daily needs. In this video series, I examine all of these elements from inside executive offices, to transportation systems, inside grocery stores and even in my own home.

In this third episode, I explore how ICT enables telework to help organizations lower its carbon footprint, support work-life balance and reduce real estate expenses.

There is a very valid question of whether telecommuting simply shifts the carbon burden from the office to the home. If the use of energy in the home for one person is less efficient than in the office, does it outweigh the benefits of the avoided commute?

BT completed a detailed analysis of that question in collaboration with GeSi which you can see on page 41 of this report ‘Evaluating the carbon-reducing impact of ICT” For a detailed analysis of that question and a quantified conclusion that there is a significant net carbon benefit.

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