Whose carbon footprint is it in a 'work from home' world?

While employees may avoid carbon-intensive commutes, the "saved" emissions are shifting from the office to the home. This raises questions about the long-term need to track - and curb - emissions in a hybrid working environment.

A relatively deserted Raffles Place on the morning of May 17, after tighter curbs were imposed under phase two (heightened alert). The writer says the carbon footprint is likely to increase with the shift to work from home. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

We have entered a mass experiment for climate change. With remote working and the pandemic quickly squelching economic and social activities across the globe, global emissions have fallen by an estimated 6 per cent to 8 per cent last year - the largest drop in the century.

Cleaner air was celebrated across much of the world, the result of fewer buses, cars and trucks on the roads as well as airplanes in the skies - at least for a couple of months before pollution levels rose as economic activity resumed.

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