I'm the founder of FutureWork IQ where I spend my time assisting businesses to design digital workplaces or “offices in the cloud.” These environments enable companies to allow flexible and remote working for their teams. I also teach the digital literacy, fluency, communication and collaboration skills needed to work in these modern technology-rich workplaces.

On Monday (June 17th) the Government of Ireland unveiled its ambitious Climate Action Plan. (Read the document here)

It’s a great example of the bold actions governments and businesses can (and must) take to reverse the trajectory we are on. We don’t really have a choice.

Interestingly in the section that outlines the changes to transportation they make this observation about making their economic growth less transport intensive:

The successful roll-out of the National Broadband Plan, which can promote remote working and wider activities which reduce unnecessary journeys.

Enabling teams to work remotely will take cars off the road. This is something any conscious business could implement immediately.

Are we fast heading into a world where remote work becomes a legal requirement to ensure commutes are radically reduced or completely eliminated? That is entirely possible. Ireland is clearly thinking along these lines.