How space sharing can reduce your company’s CO2 footprint

With the world in the grip of a global energy crisis, we’re being reminded once again that we should be more than ever taking measures for a sustainable future. Here's why space sharing can help companies reduce their CO2 footprint.

By 2050 and according to the Paris Agreement on climate change, EU companies should reach a net-zero emission of carbon dioxide, also known as CO2 footprint. It left us thinking: how could we - and other companies - contribute to reduce the global CO2 emission? How can space sharing lead to a more sustainable future? The answer lies in remote work. And there’s more than one explanation for it. Let’s have a closer look.

First of all, transportation accounts for a huge portion of the energy consumption. The biggest portion of the time spend on the road, is to commute to and from work. In Belgium, employees travel 45 kilometers per day on average to and from work. Environmentally speaking, one of the biggest benefits of remote work is that you don’t need to commute to the office anymore. But we get it, not everyone enjoys working from home every day. That’s why the best solution is a flexible one. By offering office space that is much closer to one’s home, such as co-working space and flex-desks, employees will have the freedom to decide where to work from. Just browsing through the app, will give you a nice overview of options for flexible office space in your proximity.


This brings us to the second reason why space sharing can reduce your company’s footprint. If more and more people would work remote, less office space would be needed. Less office buildings in the city would mean more space for living and green areas. Existing buildings could be repurposed for flexible office space. This means that - especially young - companies could save a lot of money by not buying or renting office space. Knowing that the building and building construction industry are responsible for 36% of global final energy consumption, this would significantly reduce the global CO2 emission as well. Offering flexible office space to your employees, would give them the freedom to work from wherever they want, simply by giving them the option to book an office space on the app.

It's safe to say that remote work could provide a solution with a potential huge impact to reduce our carbon footprint further. And we haven’t even mentioned the other benefits for companies and employees.

Besides reducing the CO2 footprint, it could save companies a huge amount of transportation costs and save employees a lot of time (that would be wasted in traffic).

Imagine that you, as an employer or business owner, decide to introduce remote work in the company. That would not only save you a lot of money (spent on transportation and office space), it would (as research has shown) improve your employees work-life balance, save their time (otherwise spent on the way to and from work) ànd reduce your company’s carbon footprint and contribute to a positive climate change.

Let’s seize the opportunity to rebuild your company habits in a way that will reduce emissions, increase resilience to climate change and improve your employees work-life balance. Need some help in making the step towards remote work? Drop an email at vouchers@cocom.be.