Video conferencing is an excellent solution to a number of business issues. It makes communication with distant colleagues and partners easier and quicker, allows employees to work from home without missing out on office camaraderie and lets families and friends stay in touch even over long distances. But those aren't the only benefits that video conferencing offers. It's also great for the environment.
It's no secret that video conferencing reduces the need for business travel. This is a great benefit to many employees, who dislike being on the road, spending long hours in cramped planes and cars and having to leave their families for days or even weeks at a time. But eliminating the need for travel, in addition to being more convenient for employees and employers alike, can also help the environment by significantly reducing a company's carbon footprint.
According to IVCi, if a single employee makes a 70-mile car trip to visit a client once a month for a year, he or she will contribute 1,034 pounds of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Additionally, if a staff member takes one flight from Houston to London for a business trip, the journey will produce 4,505 pounds of carbon dioxide. Those numbers can add up very quickly - amounting to a massive carbon dioxide contribution, which speeds climate change.
Video conferencing is one small and easy step a company can take to help reduce its contribution to global warming.