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Do online meetings help reduce emissions?

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We all know that you can save a ton of money and time by holding an online meeting. It just makes sense – get everyone together on the phone and save gas costs, airfare costs, travel time and more. What if you could save a ton of CO2 as well? CO2 emissions, anyway…

This morning I did some investigation. It turns out that online meetings with services like Callbridge are a pretty environmentally friendly alternative. Over at they’ve published the GHG Protocol figures for air travel:

Short haul flights (less than 300 miles) produce 0.64 lbs/mile of CO2 per passenger.
Medium haul flights (less than 1000 miles) produce 0.44 lbs/mile of CO2 per passenger.
Long haul flights (more than 1000 miles) produce 0.39 lbs/mile of CO2 per passenger.
So let’s say I wanted to have a meeting online with someone in Toronto (270 miles from Ottawa), San Francisco (2900 miles from Ottawa), and Chicago (750 miles from Ottawa). If we all met in Ottawa instead of online, the CO2 generated by our air travel would be 270×0.64 + 750×0.44 + 2900×0.39 = 1634 lbs, or 0.8 tons, of CO2.

So, what does that mean? To put it in perspective, the average North American generates 20 tons of CO2 emissions in a year. Replacing 4 or 5 trips per year with online meetings with Callbridge (or any other service, for that matter) could represent a 25% reduction in emissions for an average person.

Neat, isn’t it? And think of all the money you’ll save too…

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Dora Bloom

Dora is a seasoned marketing professional and content creator who is enthusiastic about the tech space, specifically SaaS and UCaaS.

Dora began her career in experiential marketing gaining unparalleled hands-on experience with customers and prospects which now attributes to her customer-centric mantra. Dora takes a traditional approach to marketing, creating compelling brand stories and general content.

She is a big believer in Marshall McLuhan’s “The Medium is the Message” which is why she often accompanies her blog posts with multiple mediums ensuring her readers are compelled and stimulated from start to finish.

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