Summer period, hybrid work, how to reduce the carbon footprint of companies? » The economic and political letter of PACA

In a context of hybridization of professional modes and democratization of telework, office spaces are no longer used 100%, which induces various positive or negative impacts on the carbon footprint of companies.

This is all the more true during the summer period, during which some employees extend their presence at their vacation spots.

According to a recent study by the Génie des places firm, in June, 35% of those questioned chose to telecommute at their vacation spot this summer. In addition, according to ADEME, each day of weekly teleworking, associated with the reduction in real estate surface area, reduces the company’s carbon footprint by 234 kg CO2eq per year and per employee.

Sami, the start-up that combines tech and consulting to enable each company to do its part for the climate, reveals some practical advice to ensure energy sobriety in a hybrid work situation:

1. Videoconferencing, a very energy-intensive element that must be used wisely

It should be noted that during their career, full remote employees have generated a carbon footprint equivalent to a Paris-New York round trip via videoconference!

Thus, some rules must be followed in order to use this tool that has become indispensable more responsibly. In particular, it is advisable to turn off your video camera, its activation generating a 2.6X greater carbon footprint, or even to ban videoconferencing when employees are all gathered on site: 10 participants in a 1h30 videoconference is indeed equivalent to 8 km traveled by car.

2. Meet to reduce energy consumption

Working with several people is more ecological because the consumption of energy, from heating, air conditioning or electricity, is amortized by the number of employees present.

Moreover, also makes it relevant in the context of travel. For days worked in the office, carpooling appears to be a more environmentally friendly option, when the use of bicycles or public transport is not possible.

3. Change your computer habits

In France, digital technologies use just over 6% of the energy consumed. On the other hand, contrary to what one might think, the carbon impact of a mall is very low, theThe transfer and storage of emails represent around 0.2% of total digital emissions worldwide. Indeed, it is not the energy consumption of the servers that increases the carbon footprint of a letter, but rather the amortization of the manufacture of the computer or smartphone and the energy consumption of the equipment.

Thus, to reduce the environmental impact, it is necessary to be able to extend the life of its digital devices and reduce their consumption.Prioritizing the purchase of refurbished equipment is also a very good reflex to adopt.

4. Reduce your carbon footprint during breaks and meals

As food represents 30% of our environmental impact, certain initiatives have been developed to reduce the company’s environmental footprint. But these good practices can also be used in a telework situation!

  • Eat vegetarian more regularly. According to EVA, a “vegetarian” day represents a saving of 1.22 kg CO2 per person.
  • Choose foods according to the seasons
  • Use tap water to limit plastic waste

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