While not having to commute is equivalent pay raise, it’s not necessarily better for the environment.
During COVID-19 lock down last year, carbon dioxide emissions from transportation dropped 15%, but we should not expect that to continue as the economic recovery continues.
In addition, moves out of city centers come with larger carbon footprints—homes in the suburbs consume three times more energy and typically have less access to clean energy sources.
Finally, remote teams that get together every quarter will take more flights which is many times worse than car travel. “A round-trip flight from Chicago to Los Angeles releases nearly as much CO2 as three months of a 10-mile driving commute.”
Read Is remote working better for the environment? Not necessarily in The Guardian.
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We can come up with a valuation of remote work by looking at a few signals: what you would forgo, what do you gain, what others gain, and what others lose.