How Remote Working Can Reduce Carbon Footprint


Despite the rise in interest in reducing our carbon footprint – not only on an individual level, but also at the level of corporate social responsibility – there’s surprisingly little data to really tell us how our daily commutes stack up in the UK. However, it’s not rocket science to realise that commuting is often one of the largest contributors to our carbon footprint.

Indeed, there is some data which makes for a worrying picture. The most recent RAC Report on Motoring which specifically looked at car commuting was in 2015. At that point the vast majority of commuters were using cars to get to work: either driving themselves (50%) or travelling with a friend, family member, or colleague (13%). Since then we know that the average commute has lengthened. Back in 2010 2.8 million Britons had a commute in excess of 2 hours. The most recent data puts that figure now at 3.7 million.

Cars, unless electric, have a huge impact on the environment. Without considering the environmental impact of producing a car, running a car poses significant negative impacts on the environment as they emit both gases and solid matter. These are known to cause global warming, acid rain, environmental damage, and an impact on human health.

Yet a solution is staring us in the face: remote working.

Remote Working and the Environment

Before looking at the difference remote working has on our carbon footprint, you may need convincing that remote working is profitable and feasible. Data shows that instead of reducing efficiency and productivity, remote working may in fact be a boon for business.

The most cited study to demonstrate how remote working is in fact more productive than office working is from a few years ago. The reason this study is favoured over more recent reports is because, unlike many other studies, it had a control group and was qualitative and based on collected data rather than qualitative opinions. This study, using a Chinese travel business called Ctrip, demonstrated that productivity was considerably higher in remote workers.

Therefore, it makes sense economically to encourage remote working. But it makes sense environmentally too.

Further Proof That Remote Working is Good for the Environment

There are three big names who have embraced remote working who have the data to show it was a good move for the environment as well as their business goals and bottom line. Dell’s Legacy of Good has seen remote workers contribute to an overall reduction of 6700 tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions (and saved Dell $12 million). The Xerox Virtual Office Program has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 40,894 metric tons whilst saving an estimated 92 million miles of driving. Then Aenta prevented 127 million miles of driving in one year, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by a staggering 46,700 metric tonnes.

The evidence is there – so how do you implement remote working?

How to Reduce Carbon Footprint through Remote Working

If the vast majority of the British workforce undertakes their commute by car then it makes sense to try and reduce that from an environmental point of view. In fact, as this infographic from Global Workforce Analytics demonstrates, if those in remote work-capable jobs worked remotely just 50% of the time there would be a $20million saving in global petrol expenditure reducing emissions of greenhouse gases by 54million tonnes. That’s the equivalent of taking 10 million cars off the road for a year!

Remote working, and specifically remote working productively, is only possible through using the right technology which removes the need to be physically present in the office. The crux of the matter is connectivity. Your technology needs to connect individual workers in a way that matches or exceeds typical office working.

Platforms such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 make this possible.

Have a look around you. How many of your employees spend the vast majority of their time sat behind their screen? If so, Microsoft Dynamics 365 can enable these same employees to be more productive and impact the environment less, by working remotely. You save on overheads too.

The Impact of Microsoft Dynamics 365 on Remote Working

Remote working is made possible by Microsoft Dynamics 365 because it is more than just your average CRM software. It comprises all the functionality you require of your CRM but is also about Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Furthermore, it is a system which can be tailored to your requirements and accessed via the cloud – absolutely ideal for remote working.

As Microsoft Dynamics 365 is cloud-based, it can be accessed remotely anywhere and at any time – securely. This means all your employee needs is a decent internet connection and an internet enabled device and they can work wherever they are. This removes the need for a commute, but even if they are commuting by train, for example, they can still be productive.

Whereas office workers face challenges each time their software needs updating, with the cloud-based Microsoft Dynamics 365 their productivity is never reduced by downtime and upgrades, or working with outdated software. These updates, patches, and changes simply happen for the next time they log on.

Furthermore, Microsoft Dynamics 365 feels familiar to everyone because it draws on the usual Microsoft suite of apps. Your remote workers won’t be struggling with a system they don’t know or understand, but rather one which is intuitive and highly functional.

You also benefit from the Microsoft name when it comes to security. With data stored offsite and automatic security updates, you get peace of mind that your remote workers have access to only the information they need to perform their tasks, whilst not compromising your data integrity.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Microsoft Dynamics 365

Remote working hugely reduces the carbon footprint your employees are contributing day in, day out. It also makes sense for the bottom line with more productive employees and lower overheads. What’s more, it’s technologically possible in a way it never has been before.

To use Microsoft Dynamics 365 for your business, get the experts on board by contacting Hitachi Solutions .



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