1st July 2016 | Mark
Every man, woman, child or business creates a carbon footprint of their own. Burning fossil fuels like coal releases greenhouse gas into the earths atmosphere, greenhouse gas is created through the production of electricity or products and the through the consumption of fuel when travelling.
Global warming is a hotly debated topic in some circles, some scientists say other planets in the Sun's orbit are warming at the same rate as Earth. The majority of scientists are worried about global warming and agree that the release of greenhouse gas into the Earth's atmosphere causes the greenhouse effect.
The greenhouse effect means certain gasses stop heat escaping from the planet's atmosphere causing the Earth's surface temperature to rise above what it would be without its atmosphere. Carbon Dioxide is one such greenhouse gas thought to contribute to the greenhouse effect, by being aware of and trying to reduce our carbon footprint we can reduce global warming. Technology can increase or decrease a businesses carbon footprint, in this post we will look at some technological solutions to global warming.
Which Technologies Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint?
The first and probably the best technology to reduce a company's carbon footprint is video conferencing, a cloud based video conferencing solution such as BlueJeans or Lifesize can help a business to save money and reduce travel time. With BlueJeans you can hold video conferences and meetings with delegates in multiple locations on multiple devices all over the world, all they need is an internet connection. Meetings can be arranged in minutes with this technology, see our full BlueJeans review here.
Video conferencing reduces the need for travel by road and even by air, it can be used to meet with clients and colleagues all over the world. Reducing your company's carbon footprint is just one benefit of video conferencing this technology can increase productivity, reduce the time required to make decisions and much more.
One company who implemented telecommuting for 40% of their employees saved an estimated 29,000 tons of CO2 emissions, they were able cut on 6,660 office seats and reduce their real estate cost by $63 million in just one fiscal year.
Presentation technology such as Barco ClickShare can also make meetings more productive meaning fewer are required.
Virtualization allows businesses to consolidate infrastructure with SANs (Storage Area Networks) and NAS (Network Attached Storage), this technology helps reduce redundancy and means fewer data centers are required. Cisco produce a number of cloud infrastructure hardware and software solutions the company say, “Cloud services are shaping the ways we work. They can also change the services you offer to your customers, and can improve the way you run your own business.”
When upgrading infrastructure old equipment can be disposed of in an eco-friendly manner by selling it to a company like Lobster Net, Lobster Net buy, repair and refurbish equipment they then sell it on via their online store. They guarantee all data will be securely wiped and equipment will be disposed of in accordance with the law. Asset disposal enables businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and claw back outlay on new infrastructure projects.