Effective enduring reduction in transport emissions

One of the most dramatic and noticeable changes brought about by the global COVID-19 pandemic is the reduction in travel. Worldwide, many people are changing their commuting patterns, as well as fewer business trips occurring, with many formally in-person events being forced to take place online. There has been a significant shift in conscious attitudes towards when and how to undergo formally routine journeys. With many vehicles in general (and airplanes in particular) languishing unused, this is an ideal opportunity to rethink the impact our travel has on the environment. Modifications to existing infrastructure or retrofitting current vehicles with more environmentally friendly alternatives could take place during this period of reduced demand, or even during ‚’lockdowns‚’. Companies should be encouraged to promote flexible working options, concerning the time of commute and/or number of days per week that employees are expected to attend in person, or permitted to work from home (where possible). For the first time during the pandemic, many companies have been forced into remote working options, frequently finding this to be feasible. Combined, this could lead to less strain on transport infrastructure during peak times, as well as a lasting decrease in commuter travel. Overall, this would lead to an enduring reduction in carbon emissions and a greener future.

 

 

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