Deep Dive | Does working from home work for the planet?
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Wednesday, April 27, 2022 | This week, Ash and Kristen explore how we can make working from home work for the planet, too.

The way many of us work has changed forever following the pandemic, but it might surprise you to learn that the big shift to hybrid and remote work has spelled disaster for the environment. In this episode, we look at why that is, as well as some ways we and our employers can take control of our work-related environmental impact.


Hybrid Working Pushes Up Corporate Australia’s Carbon Emissions (via Cushman and Wakefield)

Two thirds of Australians are working from home (via The Australian Institute of Family Studies)

Is remote working better for the environment? Not necessarily (via The Guardian)

What if Working at Home Makes Us Drive More, Not Less? (via Slate)

Public Transit Statistics by Country and City (via Moovit Insights)

Temporary reduction in daily global CO2 emissions during the COVID-19 forced confinement (via Nature, May 2020)

Global Energy Review 2020 (via The International Energy Agency)

Special thanks to Rebecca Jinks of Cushman and Wakefield and Dr Pep Canadell of the CSIRO.

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Hosts and producers: Ash Webb and Kristen Amiet

Executive producer: Andrew ‘Bag’ Sidwell

Producer: Luke Spano

Editing and sound mixing: Alex Smith of Make Noise

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