Could you stay in a remote job after the coronavirus help solve our next crisis?


I think remote work is part of the solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Global coordination, and even making the smallest changes, can make a significant difference to planetary health.

In recent months, we have seen an economic shake-up of unprecedented levels, such as the COVID-19[feminine[feminine the pandemic has stained our economic system with the fluorescence of vulnerability. When nature takes command, what does this teach us?

I am writing this article as a remote worker. A year ago I made the transition from my traditional office-based role to working remotely. Earlier this year, it was in the minority. Thanks to COVID-19, I now have a majority.

Will this crisis help us solve the next one?

We are in a climate crisis. The fact that the impacts have not affected the immediacy of COVID-19 does not suggest that they are less consistent.

As more companies adopt a virtual business structure, I will assess the associated reductions in transportation (29%) and industry (22%) emissions, sources that account for half of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). ) from the United States in 2017.

So how do climate crises and COVID crises compare? Climate change includes natural and man-made causes. Natural cycles occur independently of human intervention, determining a temperature range within which our planet is located. What we change, however, is the composition of our planet’s atmosphere to influence the temperature of our planet.

How do we do it? By short-circuiting the carbon cycle. Fossil fuels take millions of years to release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, mainly due to volcanic activity. We are accelerating this return of carbon dioxide by ripping off fossil fuels to fuel our economies. The following graph illustrates this.

Greenhouse gases Carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide have increased significantly in our atmosphere after the industrial revolution. (Font)

By inventing stored carbon sources that take millions of years to form, we are interrupting a delicate cycle, tipping the balance out of what is known. I ask you: Could the consequences be anything but bad?

According to the World Economic Forum‘s Global Risk Report 2020, two of the main risks are related to climate change attributed by humans.

Our security window is shrinking.

He IPCC states that drastic action is needed to prevent the worst effects of climate change. Dilation threatens our future and the very fabric of our lifestyle. If we want to reach the recommended warming limit of 1.5 °, the world must curb carbon emissions by 49% of 2017 levels by 2030.

If we have learned anything in recent months, it is the fragility of our economic system alongside the gross power of nature. Judging by recent reports, we continue to fail in our climate crisis. The economic turmoil is on the horizon as we captivate what will come from the fires of
and the
WE, and increased frequency and strength of typhoons and hurricanes Asia and other parts of the world.

Learn from a crisis to prevent a crisis

When I leave my house for an hour of isolated freedom, I notice the absence of cars, the white streaks running across the sky, the fixed buzzing of nearby construction sites. Our frantic world has slowed down; and, despite the financial toll, so far we have seen environmental victories of COVID-19. In a few months:

  • The blockade has reduced GHGs by 25% in China.
  • Europe It is expected to emit 388.8 million tonnes less carbon dioxide than before COVID-19.
  • Air pollution was halved in the UK the first day of blocking.
  • Air pollution levels a New York they have been halved since closing.

Continued remote work could help keep these emissions low.

Without downplaying the crisis, I look at the COVID-19 pandemic thinking of the term “silver lining”. For a long time, the West has been relatively stable, with no real consequences. COVID-19 has made us realize that our actions have reactions. What does the rejuvenation of nature tell us? With small changes, we can make a substantial difference to the health of our planet.

In no case do I suggest an indefinite block at the extreme levels we have experienced due to COVID; sustainability does not include widespread job loss or economic slowdown. However, a good change of bad can lead to much-needed changes in the business world, changes that will address our climate crisis without sacrificing the health of our economy. One of these alterations is the continued adoption of virtual business processes whenever possible.

Software developer Street Process is an example of virtual business. Process Street provides business process management software and does so without physical presence. A Process Street …

  • Our team communicates worldwide through platforms such as
    Flow i Zoom

  • We follow documented processes for training and quality assurance purposes

  • The service provided is stored and accessed in the cloud

  • Automation is used to streamline business processes by improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity of business operations.

Having worked in both more traditional offices and remotely for a virtual business, I evaluate the question: Can taking a virtual business significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions?


As a remote content writer on Process Street, I never travel. Everything I do is online. In connection with my previous office work, the year’s diesel costs on Process Street have been halved by half.

If we look at the total US GHG by economic sector, transportation occupies the most important place, accounting for 29% of emissions.

Of these transportation emissions, up to 53 percent may be related to commuting. According to the Center for Sustainable Systems at the
University of Michigan:

  • 41% is attributed to passenger car travel

  • 2 percent is associated with rail travel

  • 9% are expelled from air travel

  • 1 percent comes from motorcycles and buses.

All of these emissions will be reduced by reducing daily commuting and business travel, in general, a change that leads to an increase in virtual work.


The third country that contributes the most to GHGs is the industrial sector, which accounts for 22% of global emissions. For most industrial processes, workers must be physically present to perform the task in hand. As a result, the positive aspects of virtual work are less direct, but they are there.

To exemplify this, let’s consider how the company works
Renegard uses Process Street to document business operations in the cloud, adding a system that supports virtual work to your business.

Renegard produces protective coatings for vans, ships and large-scale industrial equipment, the application of which requires on-site workers. However, some business operations can be transformed into remote and cloud solutions, reducing on-site work time.

Through Process Street, Renegard was able to streamline its industrial operations, all on a platform that could be accessed virtually, from anywhere. The most clarifying benefit, however, was the significant increase in efficiency recorded. Efficiency is about achieving maximum productivity with minimal use of resources, and human error is reduced as a more documented process can be followed. Reducing errors leads to higher productivity and lower energy consumption and waste.

Improving the efficiency of industrial processes can only be good for our planet. Less use of energy and resources means less emissions, which helps us stay within this 1.5 ° warming limit.

I think remote work is part of the solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Global coordination, and even making the smallest changes, can make significant differences.

Published May 22, 2020 8:00 EDT / 5:00 PDT / 13:00 BST / 14:00 CEST

Jane Courtnell

Jane Courtnell

I am a content writer on Process Street. While earning my degree in Biology, specializing in Environmental Sciences, from Imperial College London, I developed an enthusiasm for writing to communicate environmental issues. I continued my studies at the Imperial College business school; and with that, we started to look at sustainability in the business sense. When I’m not writing, I like to be in the mountains, running and climbing.