The science is clear. We have to reduce global carbon emissions by. 7.6% every year for the next 10 years if we are to stand a chance at keeping global temperatures from rising above 1.5°C
This requires deep system-wide changes. While we figure that all out, there is some low hanging carbon emission fruit that can be picked right NOW.
What we have just been through has proven the impact of not commuting can have on emissions. (See this study entitled Temporary reduction in daily global CO2 emissions during the COVID-19 forced confinement)
This is why making remote work mandatory should definitely be on the table.
“There is an opportunity to do things that could not have been done in the past,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, a member of the transportation commission who supports the proposal. She said she felt “very strongly” that a telecommuting mandate ought to be a part of the region’s future.” (See California Bay Area may require telecommuting, even after the pandemic wanes)