A Tim but not this Tim writes:
A report last week was covered across the press about the environmental benefits of Internet Shopping and working from home:-
Working from home and shopping online could create more carbon emissions than travelling to the office or a store, a study has found.
Consumers who buy online must order more than 25 items from one retailer, otherwise the impact on the environment is likely to be worse than traditional shopping, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) revealed.
The press release on the IET\’s website says the following:-
Shopping on the internet or working from home could be increasing carbon emissions rather than helping to reduce them, a new report claims today.
The research reveals that people who shop online must order more than 25 items otherwise the impact on the environment is likely to be worse than traditional shopping.
Buying goods online has been found to provide carbon savings, but only if the conditions are right. A study found that environmental savings can be achieved if online shopping replaces 3.5 shopping trips, if 25 orders are delivered at the same time or if travel distance is longer than 50km.