Wednesday, July 30, 2008

UN Wants Us To Fly Less, Teleconference More

Wired's Autopia blog reports on the trend for businesses to be urged to cut employee travel, and to replace it with video conferencing:


If the UN has its way, you'll be spending more time in the office and less time on a plane.

At a meeting in the UK this past week, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, a climate scientist with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), strongly urged businesses to cut employee travel, and to fill the void with video conferencing.

Speaking to members of the British Parliment (via video link, of course) at an event called "Is Your Journey Really Necessary?" Pachauri said that in some regions transport accounts for 40% of total emissions (though in the murky world of greenhouse gas measurement this number is up for debate), and that civil aviation is a major contributor. Video conferencing, he says, "would be of great benefit in reducing and controlling the growth of emissions from aviation."

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