Telephone and video conferencing instead of daily car trips to the office: According to a Greenpeace study, millions of tons of CO2 could be saved if more people would work more often in the home office.

According to a study, home office saves millions of tons of CO2 and noticeably reduces traffic loads.

CO2 emissions in traffic can fall by 5.4 million tons per year if 40 percent of employees work from home two days a week. This corresponds to 18 percent of all emissions caused by commuting, according to a study by the Berlin Institute IZT.

At the same time, a good 35 billion passenger kilometers fell each year, which would relieve the roads, according to the study commissioned by the environmental organization Greenpeace. "The Corona months have shown that a lot of work can be done from home without any problems," says Greenpeace spokesman Benjamin Stephan.

Government should promote home office

"The federal government and companies should now systematically promote work from home, because teleworking protects the climate, relieves traffic and gives employees time and flexibility." The commuter lump sum should be phased out and local public transport expanded.

Significant increase in home office

In the course of the measures against the corona pandemic, the number of home office users increased significantly, as it was said. While their share before the crisis was around 13 percent, in spring 2020 around 25 percent of employees worked exclusively from home, explained Greenpeace.

Heil plans draft for the right to work from home

Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil wants one by October at the latest Draft law for the right to work from home beyond the corona pandemic. In the future, every employee should be able to request that they work from home – or at least everyone for whom this is also possible in the company.

Resistance not only from the ranks of the Union, but also from employers’ associations. The general manager of the Federation of German Employers’ Associations, Steffen Kampeter, described a right to work from home as a store keeper who had "fallen out of time". The economy cannot be kept going with home office alone. Instead, he called for a burden moratorium instead of further requirements that limit growth and flexibility.