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How Large-scale Remote Work Benefits The Environment

Imagine that you need 100 people to carry out a data mining project to scale up your business.  You are given a choice to either hire full time employees to get the task done, or allow part-time hires to work remotely. Which one will you choose?  If you pick the second option, you will not able to grow your business, but also reduce carbon footprint. To prove it, we dug a little deeper to give you a clearer picture.


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Total Carbon Emissions Saved Annually

To calculate the total of carbon emissions, we’ve gathered some information to create a hypothetical situation. This calculation took into account components like:

  • Office energy consumption

    As stated in a study, the average energy consumed in an office is 55 5 kWh per employee.

  • Mobility/ transportation

    Based on Numbeo, it is said that the estimation of carbon footprints  produced yearly per passenger is  1.73 tonnes.

  • Office materials

    Given the industry average estimation, 0.93 tonnes of papers per 100 staffs used annually at the office.

According to a rough calculation that we did thanks to myclimates  carbon calculator , the average carbon footprint per employee for a company based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is 2.02 tonnes per year.

To sum up, based on this calculation, you will be reducing 202 tonnes of carbon footprint in total. We realised that these numbers may not mean much to everyone. Let us present the number with something that you’re able to relate.

Environmental Impact


Assuming each car in the country produces 2.71 tons of CO2 every year (1), hiring 100 people in-house would be like adding 65 more cars on the already congested roads.



Now, on a greener part – How many trees would you need to plant to be able to capture the additional CO2 generated? Based on, a tree produces enough oxygen in a year to cover for 86 kg of carbon emissions. Therefore you would need to plant an additional 2349 trees if you hire 100 in-house employees.

Carbon Credit Trading

For a more interesting matter, if you’re into the carbon credit stock exchange, you’ll also know that it’s beneficial in terms of moolah too. For those who aren’t familiar with carbon credit, it is a certificate or permit which represents the right to emit 1 ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) which can be traded for money.


How Carbon Credit Works


For instance, as of 12th of October 2016, the stock market price was set at US$6.30 per ton of carbon. With the amount of 202 tons saved (thanks to the remote work program) you would earn US$ 1272.60 every year

Eco-friendly & Cost Efficient

So, there you go. That’s how remote work helps in reducing your company’s carbon footprint. If your company is embarking on a journey to be a green business, telecommuting employees can be one of the ways to do what is right for the environment. Otherwise, there’s always Supahands that can help you to achieve more with less, thanks to our SupaAgents.

Our remote agents can work on your data mining, customer service and lead generation projects so whilst you boost your company’s’ productivity level, you’ll also get to do your part to save the environment too. If that’s not a win-win situation, we don’t know what is!

¹ According to The Malay Mail Online,  there were over 22.7 million registered vehicles in Malaysia, in 2013. Secondly, road transportation is the second largest contributor to CO2 emissions, with more than 61.6 million tonnes of CO2.
² A tree is capable of absorbing a quantity of 86kg of CO2 per year.

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