The Carbon Disclosure Project has released the results of a study into the use of telepresence technology. ‘The Telepresence Revolution’ was sponsored by AT&T and produced by analyst firm Verdantix based on detailed case study evidence from 15 Global 500 companies that are early adopters.
One of the main conclusions is that US and UK businesses with annual revenues of more than $1bn can, between them, cut nearly 5.5 million metric tons of CO2 emissions by 2020 through the use of almost 10,000 telepresence units. This is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from over one million passenger vehicles.
For the individual $1bn business (apparently the typical market for telepresence today) implementing four telepresence rooms would:
• Achieve a return on investment in just 15 months
• Save nearly 874 business trips in the first year
• Reduce emissions by 2,271 metric tons over five years—the equivalent of removing 434 passenger vehicles from the road for a year.
The savings are impressive, but there are other business benefits. The study showed that telepresence technology can help speed decision-making, improve employee productivity, and provide workers with a better work-life balance.
“Companies that invest in carbon cutting technologies and re-engineer the way they do business will not only be better placed to succeed as we transition to a low-carbon economy but can experience considerable business benefits during this transition,” said CDP chief executive officer Paul Dickinson. “Telepresence is a good example of a low-carbon solution that can bring financial savings and increase productivity while reducing emissions.”
So you’re not just saving the world, your improving the business and keeping employees sane. But probably more importantly in today’s world, your saving an awful lot of money (in time and travel costs).