“Teleworking is crucial to reduce emission of toxic gases”

In an unprecedented manner, like a bolt out of the blue, the world of work has been especially hit. For many, work life has continued normally but others have ended up working from home to an effort to repel the pandemic as much as possible. Those whose work cannot be teleworked from home have ended up idle and in hope the pandemic will be over as quickly as possible.

Against a background of the restrictions imposed on a local scale as well as lockdowns imposed in all directions, a number of climate experts have noted a number of changes related to climate change.

In a comment to tvm.com.mt Dr Charles Galdies, an expert on the climate, has noted that if where possible, a person is able to telework from home, this should remain once the pandemic is over and this will help reduce emissions of toxic gases in the atmosphere much of which is the result of long lines of vehicles that on a daily basis jam the roads of Malta and Gozo, as this will be dramatically decrease such emissions.

Dr Galdies explained that according to the National Office for Statistics in 2017, toxic emissions from vehicles were on the same level as volume emissions from the powerstation.

He also said that telework may be a double-edged weapon because working from home may engender greater use of electricity. He explained that for climate change this is a negative anyway, particularly if the production of energy continues to rely on the use of fossil fuels.

Dr Galdies maintained the Government should resolve to strengthen the speedy introduction of the Low Carbon Development Strategy in favour of achieving low carbon dioxide emissions, enabling Malta to use cleaner forms of energy.

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