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.
Walk or cycle to your work as much as it is possible and you’ll set your kids a good example. Encourage them to walk, cycle or take the bus when going to and from school each day! Both their health and the environment will benefit.
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