Telepresence – Reducing Carbon Emission and Delivering Financial Benefits

Just a couple of weeks ago, Globe Telecom in cooperation with AT&T launched its Telepresence room which connects enterprises to other businesses, educational institutions, and other users of the AT&T Business Exchange, a feature of AT&T Telepresence Solution, representing more than 1,100 private and public telepresence rooms. AT&T Telepresence solutions supports telepresence rooms from more than 70 countries and territories worldwide.

Telepresence refers to a set of technologies which allow a person to feel as if they were present, to give the appearance that they were present, or to have an effect, at a location other than their true location. A virtual presence in another physical location by means of telecommunication technology. So even if the person you’re talking to is in a different location, with telepresence technology, that person can join your meeting / discussion, as if this person is just inside the room with the rest.

The Globe Telepresence room includes a 24-hour concierge service for easy set up as a simple as making a phone call. It features an online booking facility to schedule the Globe Telepresence public room in Makati City, and provides management and real-time support services also so meetings start promptly and proceed smoothly.

Looking at the advantages, we can automatically say that telepresence saves a company a lot of travelling time and travelling cost. But more than that, using telepresence can also reduce carbon emission which can actually help save Mother Earth.

According to a new study of large companies using telepresence technology, U.S. and U.K. businesses that substitute some business travel with telepresence can cut CO2 emissions by nearly 5.5 million metric tons in total – the greenhouse gas equivalent of removing more than one million passenger vehicles from the road for one year – and achieve total economy-wide financial benefits of almost $19 billion, by 2020.

Many of the activities we do every day like turn the lights on, cook food, or heat or cool our homes rely on the combustion of fossil fuels like coal and oil, which emit carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases when burned. This is a major problem because global warming destabilizes the delicate balance that makes life on this planet possible. Just a few degrees in temperature can completely change the world as we know it, and threaten the lives of millions of people around the world.

Other conclusions of the study determined a business with $1 billion or more in annual revenue implementing four telepresence rooms could:

1. Achieve a financial return on investment in as little as 15 months;
2. Save nearly 900 business trips in the first year of using telepresence; and
3. Reduce emissions by 2,271 metric tons over five years—the greenhouse gas equivalent of removing 434 passenger vehicles from the road for one year.

The study also revealed that telepresence technology can help speed decision-making, improve employee productivity, and provide workers with a better work-life balance.

The study, “The Telepresence Revolution,” was commissioned by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and sponsored by AT&T.

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