Video conferencing is a green solution to business travel

Monday, January 31 2011

The benefits of video conferencing are virtually endless, especially when it comes to saving a little extra green in the professional world. But video conferencing technology can also help you with a different kind of green - the eco-friendly kind.

Video conferencing helps businesses cut back on expensive travel, meaning that they don't have to fork over the cash for long flights, rental cars and hotel rooms. It also saves employees valuable time by reducing the need for lengthy - and costly - trips to London, Sydney, New Delhi, Cape Town or other faraway locales. But whether you're traveling to Zanzibar or Cleveland, flying isn't just hard on your wallet, it's also hard on the environment.

By reducing the need for flights, video conferencing is doing its part to help reduce the harmful greenhouse gas emissions produced by airplanes, cars and trains.

According to a 2009 Airports Council International report, the aviation sector accounts for approximately 3 percent of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions - a figure that experts say could rise to 5 percent by 2050.