Major components of the carbon footprint of a business historically have been associated with employee-related commutes and the energy needed to power the workplace. In addition, the marked reduction in business trips involving air travel has also lowered the carbon impact of businesses in the United States and around the globe.
Remote working can shift rather than reduce carbon emissions
While there are examples of how remote working reduces the carbon footprint of businesses, there are other scenarios in which working from home shifts rather than lessons the carbon footprint. At least some of the carbon footprint moves from a business to workers’ residences.
There are strategies a business can use to do more than shift the carbon footprint when employees work from home. A prime example involves encouraging workers to access clean energy options through their home. For example, a growing number of utility companies offer customers the ability to purchase green energy credits. A business can encourage such an effort, which will lessen a carbon footprint, by offering employees incentives to take advantage of opportunities like clean energy credits at their homes.
Legalities of remote working
There are certain business law matters that must be considered when it comes to remote working and a company’s employees. For example, these are workers’ compensation issues that may need to be addressed if a business utilizes remote working.
There are business law attorneys who are well-versed in assisting clients in navigating the ins and outs of establishing protocols for remote working. There are also attorneys who do have a background in addressing the legalities of green energy and environmental issues as they pertain to businesses.