‘Dutch can save 3 billion km by teleworking 1,5 day extra’
If one out of ten Dutch people with a job will continue to work from home one day and a half more than before the corona crisis, this will save three billion of commuting kilometers a year.
Moreover, it will save 1,7 billion euros and 78 million hours of traveling time. On top of that, 353 600 tons of CO2 emissions will be saved, according to estimations of research office CE Delft.
Particles and nitrogen
353 600 tons of CO2 emissions – 11 tons of particles and 632 tons of nitrogen – saved, that’s the equivalent of 150 000 round-trip flights between Amsterdam and New York, says Nature & Environment (Natuur & Milieu, N&M), the organization that commissioned the study.
Last year, the Netherlands emitted 182,5 million tons of greenhouse gases, according to figures from the National Office for Statistics. Cars driving on diesel or gasoline emit NOx. These emissions could decrease by 4,8% (632 tons) by continuing teleworking.
And the researchers see more advantages. According to their calculations, one day and a half more teleworking could save 78 million hours of traveling time and 1,7 billion euros of costs. Traffic jams would disappear. Teleworking even could save lives. Also, productivity would increase significantly.
“Figures show that teleworking is rewarding for employers, employees, and the climate,” concludes Rob van Tilburg of N&M. So, the environmental organization hopes that the government and employers will push people to work more often from home. “And if we decide to travel more sustainably the other days of the week, then we’re taking a great forward leap.”
In a survey of the Knowledge Institute for Mobility, 12% of interviewed employees indicated they expected to work more often from home after the corona pandemic. Teleworking is also popular in Belgium. According to a Belgian study, 45% will keep on teleworking after the corona crisis.