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17 Jun 2010 03:06:06

Telecommunications 'could save 5.5m tonnes of CO2'

Telecommunications 'could save 5.5m tonnes of CO2'
Using telepresence technology to replace business travel could help US and UK business reduce their carbon emissions by more than five million tonnes.

The research, carried out by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CPD), involved in depth interviews with 15 global 500 companies, which was then used to calculate return on investment from carbon reductions using telecommunications technology.

Some 5.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions could be saved by using such technology, creating benefits for the economy of almost $19 billion (£12.8 billion) by the year 2020, the researchers concluded.

In addition to the environmental and economic advantages, telecommunications technologies were shown to have business benefits, as they speed up decision making, improve productivity and allow for a better work-life balance.

Paul Dickinson, chief executive officer of CPD, said: "Telepresence is a good example of a low-carbon solution that can bring financial savings and increase productivity while reducing emissions."

In the UK, the Environment Agency recently announced that it was placing business travel restrictions on staff, who will no longer be allowed to fly to destinations in the UK and mainland Europe, such as Paris and Brussels, which can be easily reached by train. ADNFCR-1235-ID-19843813-ADNFCR

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