Meetings Costing Too Much Green?

Genesys Conferencing (Booth 523) has launched a free tool that tallies up the savings a company can achieve by using Web conferencing, including the positive effect of conferencing on global greenhouse gas emissions.

Most companies dont think about the environmental impact their traveling workforces make, said the company, including the emission of tons of carbon dioxide.

The savings possibilities of using multimedia services to hold virtual meetings are staggering, said a spokesperson.

For a typical monthly sales meeting in New York, where two people from regional offices in Chicago, Denver, Houston and San Francisco join a two-hour meeting, the new calculator revealed the following savings:

32,392 miles of travel avoided

134 man-hours saved

96 percent saving on travel costs (travel costs of $9,625 versus a multimedia conference costing $367)

By using conferencing for half the year, savings would total $57,750 and prevent the emission of 103.5 tons (207,066 pounds) of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the annual average carbon dioxide emissions of 19 U.S. citizens.

The free tool has been added to the Web site at Users enter basic details, such as the duration of a meeting and office location, together with those of the attendees and the number of people involved.

The system then instantly estimates the savings in terms of carbon dioxide emissions, travel costs, man-hours and miles of travel.

As we start the New Year, we should resolve to think before we travel, said Denise Persson, Genesys executive vice president of global marketing. We believe it is essential to recognize the environmental impact of our business decisions. While the time- and cost-saving benefits of using multimedia conferencing services are obvious and recognized by more and more companies, the environmental implications are not as apparent and traditionally have been much more difficult to measure. This tool was developed to allow a quick, simple illustration of the difference each of us can make by choosing the most appropriate way to meet.

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