Whilst COVID 19 has made us look at how we can work differently, it has also encouraged us to look at the changes to our operations and our environmental footprint. Ecosure staff are able to work from home. For our field crews it’s been business as usual with a few changes to safety procedures and social distancing (see our previous article here).
With office staff working from home from 16 March – 18 May, we have saved over 25,000kg of CO2 emissions from our offices alone. That’s pretty impressive! We can help you calculate your emission reductions call us on 1300 112 021.
Lockdown drops air pollution in Brisbane and Gold Coast
In South East Queensland, during lockdown the reduced impacts of NO2 with less cars on the road, is eye-opening. Brisbane and the Gold Coast indeed showed the expected decrease in nitrogen dioxide concentrations correlating with confinement measures to for COVID-19. On average, pollution in the city fell by 30% after the lockdown was put in place.
The red in the images shows a higher concentration of nitrogen dioxide, while the green and yellow show less. This link to the original article shows 5 images of how air pollution in Australia changed before and after lockdown. Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney had significant decreases in NO2. While Newcastle and Melbourne showed a surprising increase!
As we return to the office environment, let’s ponder how we can continue to reduce our environmental footprint.
How has COVID 19 reduced your environmental footprint? What changes have you made that you’re likely to maintain? Share your thoughts with us below: