To fly or to dial? Web conferencing as a way to limit CO2 emissions
New online communication services have re-defined the concept of a "business meeting". Web conferencing tools allow virtual meetings between large groups at several locations. Live videoconferences have a "face-to-face" feeling to them with a few exceptions: no ticket reservations, security checks or passports required. Advantages include time saving and an improved CO2 scorecard. With business travel accounting for approximately 20 % of the world market, cutting down on long-distance meetings has the potential to significantly decrease CO2 emissions.
The EEA was a pioneer as the first EU body to qualify for EU's eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS) in 2004. The Agency is committed to reduce its overall emissions and operate in an environmentally sound manner.