One of the most effective ways to reduce CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions is to reduce unnecessary travel...Video Conferencing is Green

Posted on November 9th, 2009

Telepresence and Video Conferencing
Leading environmental organizations highlight video as an effective “green” technology to reduce global warming.

The Nature Conservancy lists video conferencing as one of its
“Easy Things You Can Do To Help Our Climate.”

In addition to its benefit related to climate change, video conferencing also provides measurable results to help your company do more with less.

Ten Tips to Advance Business Goals and Reduce Environmental Impacts withTelepresence and Video Conferencing
  • Telecommuting - Enable people to work from home while still being fully engaged in the workplace with a face-to-face connection. Save on real estate and operational costs, while increasing productivity and morale of employees who don’t spend hours in traffic.
  • Access to Remote Experts - Connecting customers and employees to experts and advisors over video no matter where they are located saves time, money and carbon emissions, and increases customer satisfaction and loyalty.
  • Global Meetings - Whether meeting with the board or your global team, there’s no need for a flight. Just a short walk down the hall or a quick call from the desk and everyone can meet face-to-face.
  • Customer Briefing Centers - Video unites purchasers, clients, sales staff and engineers in real time without travel to facilitate instant decision making and collaboration.
  • Work/life Balance - Employees who are always on the road often report more stress, less productivity and reduced job satisfaction. Video removes the need to travel, increasing morale, productivity, and collaboration.
  • Distance Learning - Schools and training facilities get an added lesson in conservation when they connect via video to remote institutions to enhance learning opportunities and save on costs.
  • R&D - Designers and researchers around the globe can hold video discussions about product design, carry out component modifications, and advance development timelines, without increasing their carbon footprint.
  • Team Building - Multiple offices don’t have to mean isolated teams. Video allows remote teammates to see each other as often as if they were in the same office, building camaraderie without associated travel.
  • HR Recruiting - Video-based screenings of out-of-town candidates cut costs and carbon emissions by eliminating travel, while allowing hiring managers to read candidates’ facial expressions.
  • Real-time Collaboration - Organizations can deal with large amounts of rich data and collaborate in real-time from multiple locations with the visual and multi-media capabilities of video conferencing instead of losing productivity from rigorous travel out into the field.

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