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Teleworking and energy demand

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April 2019 to January 2020

Project team

Benjamin K. Sovacool

This project looks at whether and under what conditions teleworking can reduce energy demand.

Examining the promise and pitfalls of teleworking and e-work on energy demand: A systematic review

The aim of this project is to rigorously examine the current state of knowledge about the direct and indirect impacts of teleworking on economy-wide energy consumption. To achieve this goal, we are undertaking a systematic review of the relevant evidence. The objective is not so much to compare quantitative estimates of Teleworking on energy impacts as it is to clarify the drivers, mechanisms and determinants of those impacts, and the conditions under which they are likely to be positive or negative, or larger or smaller.

What we are asking

  • What is the level and quality of evidence for teleworking?
  • What is the level and quality of evidence for different impact mechanisms?
  • What are the key determinants of indirect impacts of teleworking?
  • What research gaps exist?

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