Resilience 2021: The Hidden Costs of Environmental Savings from Remote Work
Feb 11, 2021 | 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET
While reduced activity associated with the COVID-19 lockdowns is expected to cut carbon emissions by 4-7% this year, the decrease is insignificant in the long run. According to Oksana Tarasova, WMO Chief of Atmospheric and Environment Research Division, although it looked like the pandemic had brought the world to a standstill, carbon emissions continued almost unabated because lockdowns do not reduce overall energy consumption. Lockdowns only affect mobility.
Carbon is emitted whether it's the energy being used to heat your home work space or the carbon footprint left from sending an email that typically would have been an in-person conversation. Furthermore, with the fear of COVID-19 transmission, there has been an unprecedented decrease in mass transit ridership. This continued decrease will have a dramatic effect on carbon emissions as more people opt to buy cars and steer clear of rideshare options.
Manager, Executive Office, Board & Volunteer Relations
National Institute of Building Sciences
Moderator & Panelists
Roy Wright Moderator
President & CEO, IBHS
Jody Holton Panelist
Assistant General Manager for Planning & Strategic Initiatives at SEPTA
Nancy Sutley Panelist
Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Aaron C. Smith Panelist
Chief Executive Officer, Energy & Environmental Building Alliance