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Video conferences could aid carbon footprint

26 January 2009 09:59

Video conferences could aid carbon footprint

Businesses are looking to cut their carbon footprint by benefiting from the use of video conferences, according to the World Wide Fund (WWF).

Peter Lockley, head of transport policy for the firm, stated that when the WWF conducted some market research and asked companies about their business travel plans, the majority saw video conferences as a way of cutting down the amount of air mileage they completed.

He added that 89 per cent of those companies questioned said that they wanted to fly less over the next ten years.

The possible reduction in business passengers will have a positive impact on the environment, according to Mr Lockley, as business flyers take up a larger proportion of an aeroplane, through their bigger seats and extended leg room among other reasons.

Business staff that are planning on heading abroad for meetings should make sure they are adequately insured with a suitable travel insurance for business trips to cover them in case of any loss or damage.

According to the International Air Transport Association, March saw the largest reduction in the number of international air travellers using business or first class for five years.ADNFCR-1320-ID-18608742-ADNFCR