Telecommuting and UK energy demand

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July 2020 to April 2021

Project team

Steven Robert Sorrell

Bernardo Caldarola

UK National Travel Survey data allows us to examine not only the travel behaviours of telecommuters, but also travel impacts of telecommuting on their whole households.

Telecommuting and UK energy demand

Telecommuting has the potential to reduce commuter travel and the associated energy use and carbon emissions. However, the availability of telecommuting may encourage people to move to suburban or rural locations that are further from their place of work, and/or encourage additional non-work travel by the telecommuter and their household. This project uses UK National Travel Survey (NTS) data to examine the historical impact of telecommuting on carbon emissions from UK transport. This data allows us to examine not only the travel behaviours of telecommuters, but also travel impacts of telecommuting on their whole households.

What we are asking

  • What impact has telecommuting had on the travel patterns and carbon emissions of UK households since 2002?
  • What explains these impacts, and what implications does this have for public policy?

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