Save the world, stay at home, drive a Hummer
I was on one of my local curry houses last night waiting for a takeaway, which wasn’t as good as I’d hoped for but you have to try these things don’t you, and to pass the time I picked up the Sunday Telegraph and noticed an article about staggering commute times and encouraging home working to reduce carbon emissions. So far the Government have taken the rather blunt and clumsy approach of blanket tax rises to persuade people to drive less polluting vehicles but it could as the Institute of Directors suspect have an adverse effect on business costs. How about just getting people to drive their cars less by making it easier for them to work at home?
To me this makes perfect sense.
Carbon tax can then be aimed correctly at the amount of C you produce not the potential to produce. If you drive your Hummer twice a week to work your carbon footprint is probably smaller than someone who drives their Ford Fiesta everyday on the same journey, runs the kids to school and can’t pop to the supermarket without driving.
How many people really need to travel during the rush hour? How many businesses need everyone to be sat at their desk between 9:00 and 5:00, not many I bet. How many businesses would operate just or more effectively if some of it’s staff worked from home or another more convenient location a few days a week. The nine-to-five corporate habit we have makes no sense and by kicking it not only would it make employees happier and more productive but employers too.