Almost two metric tons of carbon emissions saved and 100 hours of increased productivity realized in just one day
Reston, VA (August 3, 2009) - Today, about half (75) of TANDBERG's (OSLO: TAA.OL) Virginia-based employees observed Virginia's "Statewide Telework Day" by working from home, eliminating almost two metric tons of carbon emissions and saving almost 100 hours of productivity by not sitting in traffic.
In his proclamation of Statewide Telework Day, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine called upon state agencies and employers to explore ways to lessen environmental impact, such as reducing travel associated with in-person meetings through the use of video conferences and teleworking.
"TANDBERG has long encouraged its 1,500 global employees to telework. As the leading global video conferencing and telepresence provider, we know first-hand how a telework program enhanced by visual communications can help agencies and enterprises realize positive environmental benefits while maintaining the in-person experience typical of an office environment," said Rick Snyder, TANDBERG President of Americas and Virginia resident. "We are very proud to support Statewide Telework Day and applaud Governor Kaine for his foresight in encouraging the use of green IT such as video conferencing as an important tool to support corporate sustainability efforts like travel reduction and telework."
TANDBERG fully embraces its own video conferencing and telepresence technology to support its telework program by providing employees with video conferencing systems in the office, their homes and on their laptops. That way, no matter whether they need to work from the road or home, they can always meet face-to-face with colleagues, customers, and partners.
"Research shows that more than half of communication is visual, so by using video conferencing to communicate much of the confusion that occurs from audio calls or over email is eliminated because you can see people's faces and what they are thinking," said Snyder.
Visual communications is paying off for TANDBERG, where in the last year its global employees have on average made 75,000 video calls each month. Replacing unnecessary business travel with "in-person" video calls has effectively saved the company over 21,000 metric tons of carbon emissions, over $45 million, and about 38,250 productivity hours in the last year. Additionally, TANDBERG employees telework one day a week on average, effectively reducing the company's overall environmental impact from commuting by 20%. The company also has conducted an internal audit of its carbon footprint to identify and address additional operational areas for improvement.
According to Governor Kaine, "Every day we each make choices that result in impacts to the environment; opportunities to lessen these impacts abound. For instance, we can reduce automobile emissions by holding video conferences or conference calls rather than face-to-face meetings and by walking, bicycling, carpooling, or taking transit to work."
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