Third plan to work from to ‘save planet’

Metro (UK) - - NEWS - By ALAN JONES

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

■ FANCY work­ing from Bar­ba­dos? Prime min­is­ter Mia Mot­t­ley is con­sid­er­ing a ‘wel­come stamp’ that would al­low visi­tors to work re­motely from the Caribbean is­land for a year at a time. The scheme has been pro­posed be­cause of the im­pact of Covid-19 on the tourism in­dus­try.

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.’

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