Back in 2007 Oxford University published the results of a report that they’d undertaken for Giritech and the conferencing services division of BT. The report was on The Costs of Transport on the Environment – The Role of Teleworking in Reducing Carbon Emissions.
The study concluded that the reduction in commuting time resulting from more people working at home would ultimately result in less carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere. Not long after the reports publication Professor David Banister, one of the authors of the study, was quoted as saying:
“Working from home has not featured very highly in Government policy and there has not been any clear statement or encouragement from central or local Government on this. There is an opportunity for teleworking to sit at the heart of a co-ordinated policy that could involve sustainable transport, homeworking will only really take-off with either a carbon-tax or tax incentives by the Government.“
So 2 years on what has changed?
Well remote working uptake continues to rise and climate change has moved towards the front of the political agenda, and rightly so.
The most recent campaign is 1010 which has the aim of getting individuals, companies and institutions to reduce their carbon footprints by 10% during 2010. The campaign is backed by a broad coalition ranging from the Guardian and several major NGOs to major companies, leading political figures and the Carbon Trust. Many county councils have also started to sign up as the next step on from the Nottingham Agreement.
Where I live in Wiltshire there has been some resistance to carbon reduction initiatives and recently a number of county councillors tried to have Wiltshire opt out of the Nottingham agreement. Luckily the move was thwarted by some quick local action and as Phil Chamberlain, Colerne parish councillor and founder of Ecolerne said “the motion backfired on the councillors because it gave us an opportunity to discuss the 10:10 campaign which the council has now agreed to sign up to” (as reported in the Wiltshire Times).
So politics aside are you going to sign up for 1010? Will your institution or your organisation sign up? How will you make your reductions?
I’m planning to look into loft insulation, print less and make sure my PC is not left on for long periods of time. Not only that but I want to continue to use my bike more and encourage my children to do so too.
Some useful 1010 resources