IT can speed cost and climate benefits
A policy advisor to Washington has urged more use of videoconferencing, tele-working and other IT-enabled alternative working options, as a means of cutting down employee travel and harmful CO2 emissions.
“Creating a global network of more than 4,000 high quality videoconferencing studios in cities around the world would help build a new infrastructure for the 21st century and would cost less than one and a half airplanes” Dennis Pamlin, a WWF-US Policy Advisor said.
In a new report, From Workplace to Anyplace, Pamlin highlights technology as holding the key to collaborative working, something that would create new efficiencies and cut emissions created by daily commuting or business air travel.
It is estimated that by the year 2050, tele-work could reduce almost 3.5 billion tons of emissions – equivalent to more than half of the United States’ current CO2 emissions.
Business and policy makers can deliver a low carbon future Pamlin insists, who said, ‘IT can be a significant driver of greenhouse gas reductions, but we need strong global climate policy to ensure these solutions are implemented at the speed and scale necessary to make a difference.’