Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Energy Efficiency

All Work And No Play Makes Earth Hotter And Hotter

Leisure proponents, rejoice! A new study says that cutting work hours would slash greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change.

The idea goes that by reducing hours that factories and offices are operating, energy usage would drop, according to a study authored by economist David Rosnick and released by the Center for Economic Policy and Research.

In US News, Rosnick argues that, by shortening working hours, the resulting diminished carbon emissions “could prevent as much as half of the expected global temperature rise by 2100.”

Rosnick says that developing countries have to choose which work schedule they’re going to follow: an American model of 40 hours a week with little vacation, or a European model with less output and lower emissions.

An important caveat is what people do with this extra leisure time. If it’s gardening or reading a book in the backyard hammock, then carbon emissions will drop, but if this newfound vacation time is used to take a jumbo jet ride to Thailand, then one type of emissions is simply traded for another.

It’s also critical to address the personal and national economic climate of places. Reducing work hours could throw people into desperate financial situations and stunt national economic growth — that is, unless a country invests in green tech and bolsters its green workforce for greater global competitiveness (take Maryland’s approach, for example).

Even if the U.S. doesn’t move towards a European workweek, we can do a few more things to improve office efficiency — like turning off printers and lights; using laptops rather than PCs; and replacing standard bulbs with energy saving bulbs.

Source: Inhabitat


Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Written By

is a former newspaper reporter who has spent the past few years teaching English in Poland, Finland and Japan. When she wasn't teaching or writing, Chelsea was traveling Europe and Asia, sampling spicy street food along the way.

Comments

#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.

 

Support our work today!

Advertisement

Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports

Advertisement

EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats

Advertisement

Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like

Clean Transport

Originally published on Transport & Environment. By Sam Hargreaves The emissions of new vans have not decreased in three years due to weak CO2 targets,...

Cars

After reporting on top electric vehicle sales in 10 European countries, a reader indicated it would be even more interesting to see the combined...

Cars

April sales figures are in for electric vehicle models in 10 European countries — Norway, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Ireland, Sweden,...

Clean Transport

ExxonMobil used tobacco industry messaging strategies to shift responsibility for climate change away from itself and onto consumers, despite its knowledge of the harms...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.