Telework, Climate Change and Public Policy

The daily commute of millions of people to their workplace is a major source of pollution in urban areas. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) make it possible to work from remote locations, resulting in a reduction of transport-related greenhouse gas emissions. Through this new labour alternative, commonly known as "telework," the daily commute is replaced by telecommunications links, offering an innovative way to solve environmental and traffic problems. Telework is emerging in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and the debate between its supporters and skeptics is not yet supported by rigorous evidence.

This project therefore aims to provide policymakers, businesses and workers with accurate, up-to-date information about the benefits and limitations of telework in the region. Particular emphasis will be placed on the relationship between telework and climate change, mainly, to what extent telework could contribute to reducing emissions and saving energy, both in the home and at the workplace. The project will also explore the social, cultural and economic implications of telework, its impact on family dynamics, gender roles, work-life balance and opportunities for the disabled or mothers with young children. The project will be carried out in the cities of Buenos Aires (Argentina), Mexico City and Lima (Peru). It is expected to result in three comparative case studies, three telework legislative models (each adapted to the country in question), a number of articles in academic journals and a book.

Project ID

105235

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Monday, March 1, 2010

End Date

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Duration

24 months

IDRC Officer

Petrazzini, Ben

Total funding

CA$ 807,578

Countries

Argentina, South America, Mexico, North and Central America, Peru

Program

Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Boris Graizbord Ed

Institution

Colegio de México, A.C. (El)

Institution Country

Mexico

Institution Website

http://www.colmex.mx

Project Leader

Andrés López

Institution

Fundación Centro de Investigaciones para la Transformación

Institution Country

Argentina

Institution Website

http://www.fund-cenit.org.ar

Project Leader

Rosa Morales Saravia

Institution

Instituto de Estudios Peruanos

Institution Country

Peru

Institution Website

http://www.iep.org.pe

Project Leader

Sonia Boiarov

Institution

USUARIA - Asociación Argentina Usuarios de la Informática

Institution Country

Argentina

Institution Website

http://www.usuaria.org.ar