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Impact of working from home policies on reduction in carbon emissions in a primary health care service

The Challenge

Employees driving between work and home is a contibutor to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.  Research shows that reducing avoidable work related travel, such as office based work, has the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions over time.  For example, one study showed that increasing the number of people who spend half their week working from home would cut peak hour traffic by 5%, save 120 mL of fuel and 320 kt of carbon.  Adoptions of Working from Home for 4 days per week would reduce emissions by 80%.  Because office buildings consume significantly more power than residential homes, the minimisation of office usage also contributes to green house gas emission reductions between 25-30%. 

Theory of Change

The introduction of working from home, and remote working, will reduce carbon emissions and contribute to climate change mitigation.

Anticipated Outcomes

Short-Intermediate Term

  1. Proportion of staff for whom working at home is viable

  2. Estimated reduction in carbon emissions

  3. Self-reported satisfaction with working from home 

Long Term Outcomes

Reduce carbon emissions will reduce the health impact of climate change on vulnerable rural, remote and Aboriginal people.



Proportion of staff for whom working at home is viable

Carbon Reduction

Estimated reduction in carbon emissions

Staff Happiness

Self-reported satisfaction with working from home

15 April 2024

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  1. Navaratnam, S.; Jayalath, A.; Aye, L. Effects of Working from Home on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Associated Energy Costs in Six Australian Cities. Buildings 2022, 12, 463.


Croydon Dowley, Manager Foundation Services and Programs (0434 989 658)

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