Telecommuting is being implemented in Hubei China as a pilot program to test the effects it will have on decreasing carbon emissions, according to China Business News. The National Development and Reform Commission chose Hubei to participate in the pilot earlier this year. Guo Yonghong, chairman of China Mobile Hubei told officials that by 2020 carbon emissions could be lessened annually by 340 million tons, and increase to 630 million tons of emission savings by 2030.
CNBusiness News cited:
“A joint World Wildlife Fund (WWF) China and China Mobile study published earlier this year shows that China’s telecommunications sector cut 48.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2008 and 58.2 million tons in 2009 thanks to low carbon solutions. These include telecommuting, electronic data interfaces and more efficient logistics, explained Lei Hongpeng, senior program officer of WWF China.”
The pilot program will include various teleworking arrangements that have been utilized in the past and proven effective in reducing the rate of carbon emissions. Some of the telecommuting programs will include:
-Dematerialization (less paper use)
-Making sure traveling vehicles are full
-Implementing monitoring of appliances from remote areas instead of onsite
China’s gains in the area of telecommuting are a positive step towards increasing the practice worldwide. With the U.S. implementing their own Federal Telework Act, and many small businesses employing people to work from home, telecommuting is quickly becoming a trend that will have many positive benefits both now and in the future on our environments.