The International Energy Agency wants you to work from home to help curb oil demand and avoid a dangerous supply crunch
- Working from home could help curb
oiluse by hundreds of thousands of barrels per day, the IEA says.
- The intergovernmental energy watchdog is suggesting remote work as one of 10 steps that could help stave off a dangerous oil supply shock.
Remote work isn't just good for retaining employees; it could also help us curb our oil consumption by hundreds of thousands of barrels per day at a time when the world faces the risk of a disastrous supply shock.
On Friday, the IEA laid out a 10-point plan to reduce oil use and help ease pain at the pump as gas prices soar to record heights. The intergovernmental agency said the plan would cut oil demand by 2.7 million barrels a day within four months, roughly equivalent to the oil demand of all of the cars in China, if it's fully carried out in advanced economies.
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Besides working from home up to three days a week, which the agency said could produce oil savings of 500,000 barrels per day, other steps include reducing speed limits on highways, implementing "car-free Sundays" in cities, and making public transportation more affordable.
In addition, the IEA recommended carpooling more often, promoting efficient driving for freight trucks, using high-speed and night trains over planes, avoiding business air travel where possible, alternating private car access to roads in big cities, and supporting the adoption of electric vehicles.
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