How to reduce the CO2 footprint of your business life

The world matters. This is a fact and not an opinion.

We are all aware of the effects of climate change. We know that this trend harms not only us, but it also harms all living beings in the world including animals and plants. The whole world is slowly heating up which has a disastrous effect on the whole ecosystem. The sea level is rising as glaciers are melting, the animals’ food chain is disturbed and humans face a new level of natural disasters as heat and cold waves are peaking.

Actions have to be taken against this trend. Many people have already started to limit their CO2 footprint. People are more likely to eat less meat, buy organic groceries, check vegetables and fruits about their origins and eat seasonally. Moreover, they tend to prefer taking the bike and going by public transport systems over the car. A trend of sustainable fashion can be detected as well. However, when it comes to business, many people are fading out their principles.  

“Going for public transport systems can reduce CO2 emissions by 37 million tons a year.”

You can easily take actions when it comes to your workday. It starts with minor details like turning off the lights when you do not need them, using less air conditioning and drinking water from the tap if possible. Then you can also adapt your meeting behavior according to new, modern and much-needed standards: Just have video meetings instead of business traveling.

“As a single Economy flyer, you are responsible for 1503 kg CO2 when you’re going for a round trip from Vienna to New York. When you’re having a video call instead you cause ZERO CO2 while enjoying a face-to-face interaction. Think about it”

Read here how you can change the behavior of you and your company to contribute to a better world.

Start communicating

We all know: communication is key. Therefore, it has to be an important part of the daily business, especially if you work in a team. However, often the team is spread over the world and therefore you have to find a way to keep each other in the loop. Although, some might think to travel to your team or partners is the easiest way – they are absolutely wrong.

First, arranging business trips is very time-consuming. People have to be addressed when they are free, flights and hotels have to be booked and presentations and data have to be prepared. Second, it is connected with a lot of costs and third and most important: it is really bad for the environment. The most effective way to significantly reduce your carbon footprint is simply: just fly less! And how can you manage that with your business meetings!? Have video meetings instead. So simple. So effective.

“A 10-hour flight burns 136,000 liters of fuel. In 2017, commercial aircrafts needed so much fuel, that 133,246 Olympic-sized pools could be filled.”

 

Video communication solutionIncrease your life quality

Video meetings contribute to your life quality as well. How often have you traveled at least 5 hours to get to an appointment within Europe? If you have to fly overseas it needs at least half of your day. In the end, it is exhausting and is mostly connected with long waiting times and lots of busy phases. Therefore, avoiding business traveling is warmly welcomed… also by your family and friends who love to spend time with you.

“Working remotely from home only 2 days a week saves approximately 725 kg of greenhouse gas emissions a year.”

With video communication, you can avoid such travel phases and if needed, you can even work from home. Moreover, in case of unexpected circumstances, video meetings can be started within one minute. It is more cost-effective and far easier to respond with a video meeting than going spontaneously somewhere discussing urgent issues.

Avoid plastic & disposable utensils

When you organize a meeting with your team and partners, normally coffee, snacks, water, and juices are organized since these meetings last for a decent amount of time. Therefore, a lot of plastic bottles are placed on a table and disposable cups and utensils are used. If you compare these meetings with video meetings, you realize that no garbage at all is produced. You use your favorite coffee cup and have your glass with water from the tape on your desk.

Have video meetings

As you see, video meetings can have so many positive effects. Not only for the environment also for you. Stop wasting money, time and costs on unnecessary business travel and start using eyeson video meetings. The world’s ecosystem will thank you as well.

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