2/22/2023 - Technology and Innovation

Home Office as a sustainable strategy

By Agustin Lorenzatti

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The carbon footprint as starting point

The calculation of the carbon footprint represents a reference or starting point to start on the path to fight climate change. Its measurement, raises awareness of the companies, institutions, citizens and diverse actors of society about the impact that generate everyday activities and allows to guide the implementation of effective actions for reducing and compensating emissions.

Sources of greenhouse gas emissions

Among the main sources of emissions from Invernadero Effect Gases (GEI) we can find transport, energy consumption, the purchase of goods and services, business travel, product distribution and waste generation, among others. For this reason, to reduce this impact it is necessary to implement consistent actions. Thus, Telework or “Home Office” emerges as one of the alternatives that allows to mitigate negative aspects, being a key point in mitigating GEI emissions that free themselves to the atmosphere.

First of all, the transfer to work has a great significance in the generation of emissions, because it is directly proportional to the amount of employees who assist the company and the distance traveled by the workers to the same and after returning to their home. When calculating the impact of this action, it is also considered the type of fuel and the means of transportation used, among other factors.

According to a study by the Catalan Govern and Microsoft company, hybrid work systems can reduce carbon emissions by mobility and energy consumption by 24%. "Telework is the best antidote against climate change: we reduce displacements, reduce carbonization, reduce ecological footprint and increase well-being." Jordi Puigneró, Vice-President of Generalitat and 'conseller' of Digital Polytiques i Territori.

Home office as part of measures to ensure sustainable mobility

Home Office is part of a set of measures to ensure sustainable and environmentally friendly mobility. At present, and in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement, there is a transition to new forms of low carbon transport, promoting electrification and ending fossil fuels.

With all this information, we can ask ourselves the following question: Do I need to transfer in automobile or can I opt for other means of transport of less impact, whether public, electric monopatín or carpooling? This restlessness is the first step in the process of finding more efficient, healthy and accessible ways to move.

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agustin lorenzatti

Agustin Lorenzatti

Hi, I'm Agustin Lorenzatti. I am an Environmental Engineer, specialized in ESG analysis and carbon footprint studies. Currently I perform as Sustainability Senior Associate in PwC, one of the most important consulting firms worldwide, where it provides advice on ESG, climate change and sustainability under various international standards (GRI, SASB, DJI, among others).

I was coordinator of the Carbon Footprint area in the RAMCC, where I count on a wide variety of projects carried out, which include consultancy in the measurement, reduction and compensation of the emissions of more than 30 organizations along with the preparation of GEI reports according to the GHG Protocol and ISO 14064.

In addition to this, I have experience in coordinating spaces for the exchange of experiences on Integral Management of Municipal Wastes, Sustainable Mobility and Adaptation to Climate Change.

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