COVID-19 restrictions cut household emissions

With more people staying at home, household greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 10%. Could the shift to home working see lower emissions in the longer term?

A new article from the Office for National Statistics explores whether the shift to home working could lead to lower emissions in the longer term.

A sharp reduction in personal travel, including commuting to work, drove household greenhouse gas emissions down by 15 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent in 2020. This drop is equivalent to about 3% of total emissions in 2019. 

With many working remotely, being on furlough, or losing their job in 2020, more people were staying at home using energy for heating. However, these additional emissions were more than offset by the drop in travel emissions.

For the full article from the ONS:

PAYadvice.UK 29/9/2021

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