Decarbonizing through COVID-19 Behavior Changes

In a GreenBiz article, Guidehouse explains how companies can use social distancing practices to reduce long-term carbon emissions

Recent stay-at-home orders to reduce the spread of coronavirus have rapidly shifted how companies operate. Some of these changes, including reductions in nonessential business travel and virtual working, have significantly reduced global carbon emissions. 

In an article for GreenBiz, Roberto Rodriguez Labastida, senior research analyst at Guidehouse Insights, and Jeroen Scheepmaker, associate director at Guidehouse, explained how corporations can properly COVID-19-inspired practices into their decarbonization strategies.

According to the article, one of the most obvious behavioral changes is virtual working. 

“If this becomes business as usual after the COVID-19 crisis, changes in employee commuting and business travel patterns could make a significant difference to corporate emissions,” said Rodriguez Labastida. 

However, the authors said that for these types of behavioral changes to continue, organizations will need to track which traditional processes can be permanently altered post pandemic and then standardize best practices company-wide. 

“If these changes are not planned for now, the most likely result is that companies will go back to their old habits,” Scheepmaker said. “For this reason, managers should start planning for the day social distancing is eased.”

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