We assume that 80 employees make their way to the company every day, i.e. 5 working days a week. On average, employees have a commute of 20 km to and from work. Half of them drive their own cars, the other half travel by public transport. This results to 4000 km per week, which has to be covered by 40 persons each. A car emits about 20 kg of CO2 for a distance of 100 km, while the CO2 value for public transportation is 6.5 kg. This results in a total consumption of about 1060 kg CO2 in just one week.
If we calculate the amount of CO2 consumed in an entire month, we even arrive at a value of 4240 kg. But what do we mean by this value? – To illustrate: 1 kg of CO2 can be used to fill more than 200 balloons. This means that at PVS RS we could fill almost 865,000 balloons a month with the CO2 we produce if all our employees were working on site.
This emission should be compensated of course. A tree can bind an average of 1 kg of CO2 per month. This means that we need the photosynthesis of over 4000 trees for the monthly CO2 compensation at PVS RS.
Through flexible home office arrangements, we save over 4 tons of CO2 every month for the benefit of our environment. Due to the lower environmental impact, the working model also contributes to sustainability in the company. Remote working therefore not only brings personal benefits, but also has a positive influence on the environment and the ecological footprint of the company as well as of each individual employee. Considering personal aspects as well as the impact on the company and the environment, remote working has undoubtedly earned the designation smart working.