A business development director for a large multi-national research organisation, with over 10,000 employees, now working from home due to the Covid-19 lockdowns, wanting to decarbonise their 'new' work environment.
Focus: Effect of Covid-19 restrictions on carbon footprint
Pre-Covid Carbon Footprint
Home Working Carbon Footprint
My role usually involves living out of a brief case travelling around Europe with the occasional trip to the USA, attending conferences, visiting clients for face-to-face meetings, staying in hotels and eating out.
Using the online carbon footprint tracker pawprint I was able to calculate my carbon footprint for 2019 as 22 tonnes of CO2e. Over 50% of that came from my travelling, mostly by car or plane, although I was
using trains when convenient. Other activities such as dry cleaning, eating out and staying in hotels also made a significant contribution.
Since Covid-19 all my business travel has stopped and I have been working from my home office, speaking to clients using video conferencing. In addition, we have changed our heating system at home to an air source heat pump (ASHP) and use a renewable electricity supplier. This has brought my estimated carbon footprint down to just eight tonnes of CO2e. Furthermore I no longer need to get my suits dry cleaned and I haven't ironed a shirt since March!