Teleworking Life Cycle Analysis

Posted by Lindsaye
Type: 
Full LCA available on the web
Comparative: 
yes
Publication year: 
2008
Language: 
English
Code: 
Others
Product: 
Working from home
Quality and sources
Is the study a: 
Detailed LCA
Was a critical review performed?: 
Yes
Is the study compliant with ISO 14044?: 
Yes
Sponsor name(s): 
Telstra Corporation Limited
Sponsor type: 
Company
Practitioner(s): 
URS Australia Pty Ltd
Practitioner(s) type: 
Company
Summary
Functional unit: 
3000 company workers
Goal and scope of the summary: 
to identify the life cycle environmental impacts assosiated with teleworking and compare them to them assosiated with non-teleworking activities

The study finds generally positive outcomes for teleworking on the material impacts of: Abiotic depletion, global warming and photochemical oxidation. It did note however that teleworking has a net negative impact on human toxicity when compared to non-teleworking.  

Material impact(s): 
Global warming
Abiotic ressources depletion
Toxicity / Eco-toxicity
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