Third plan to work from to ‘save planet’
ALMOST one in three employees plans to continue working from home after lockdown ends, often for environmental reasons, new research suggests.
The sudden change in lifestyle because of the coronavirus crisis has been an ‘environmental wake-up call’ for many, said finance company Halifax.
Its survey of 3,000 adults found two in five said they had become more aware of climate change during the pandemic.
Some 60 per cent said they did not expect things to return to normal, and most were hopeful the world could make real changes to tackle what environmental activists say is a climate emergency.
Four out of five surveyed believed remote working was a solution to reducing emissions but the report said this may do more harm than good in homes with low energy efficiency ratings.
Andy Mason, Halifax mortgage direc
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tor, said: ‘It’s clear that for many going back to “business as usual” isn’t going to be an option and instead they will continue to spend more time at home, believing it to be better for the environment.
‘However, without taking steps to ensure homes are as efficient as they can be, these good intentions could be clouded by rising energy usage and monthly bills – at a time when many are concerned about their financial security as well as the planet.’