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Calculating Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions During Lockdown

September 10, 2020

Calculating Greenhouse Gas

COVID-19 has changed our lives in so many ways. At 5, we transitioned to remote working on March 16th as lockdowns were imposed in the states where we live. One positive that came from this transition is that fewer cars are on the road. The result is a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. The 5 Planeteers, our internal sustainability team, wanted to highlight the environmental impacts of this reduction and calculated the overall carbon emissions that our team has saved by telecommuting since mid-March.

Before the lockdown, 25% of our staff already worked from home and 14% lived only a short distance from their office. However, our overall average commute was 25.52 miles. Our team’s total reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is 45.76 metric tons of CO2 so far.

With the help of the EPA's Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, we can better visualize the equivalent impact of this reduction.


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45.76 metric tons of Carbon Dioxide = Greenhouse gas emissions avoided by:

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Join the discussion by using the calculator to determine how much carbon emission has your company avoided since the lockdown. Contact the 5 Planeteers, to share your results.


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Founded in 2011, 5 comprises a team of energy innovators, commodity traders, analysts, engineers, and former energy supplier executives. Together, they serve a broad array of private and public sector clients throughout the United States and Mexico, providing strategic advice on energy-related matters including procurement, demand-side management, rate optimization, regulatory intervention, benchmarking, bill auditing, RFP management, sustainability planning services, renewable power, and distributed generation. With an eye on growth, 5 has initiated a number of strategic partnerships and acquisitions, including the 2019 acquisition of Luthin Associates. 5 has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S. for five consecutive years. The firm has also received numerous accolades and national awards for its corporate culture, leadership and innovation, including 5 consecutive years as a top 10 Best Company to Work for in Texas according to Texas Monthly Magazine.