Can Video Calls Improve One's Carbon Footprint?

November 12, 2019

Video calls offer time & cost benefits for businesses and organizations. But did you know that you can also reduce your carbon footprint with 1-click? Let’s look at benefits of video calls from our planet’s perspective. See how video calls can reduce the carbon footprint of your business and customers.

Video calls are today available on every platform, technology has become viable to SMEs together with mobile workers. Applications of video calls are endless... From in-house communication to health services, video call is becoming an inseparable part of our lives. Education for students, identification of equipment failure, training of employees can all be backed by video calls. By doing so, travel expenses of companies and individuals will be extinguished; by expenses we mean carbon emissions caused by the vehicle, together with monetary expenses. So video calls implicitly by effectively support the reduction of one’s carbon footprint.

There are some studies / articles to corroborate the idea of reducing carbon footprints by using video conferences. By using 11Sight, you will reduce your own footprint as well as your customers’. We want to mention some of these studies at this point to make it clearer.

Article #1:

“A demonstration of how virtual meetings can enhance sustainability in a corporate context” | Turlough F. GuerinA three-month trial was undertaken across a telecommunications company in Australia to evaluate the use of video conferencing (VC) benefits.The results from the trial were used by the finance and administration department of the company to promote VC usage and, at the same time, to introduce a nonessential air travel ban, which led to annualized cost savings of up to 40% on business as usual.


The company saved $AUD 62,362 was saved from avoided travel, 1,420 hr were not spent traveling, and almost 100,000 kg CO2e emissions were not released into the atmosphere from the use of eight VC units, during this trial. These savings resulted from 305 people choosing to use VC instead of traveling. Projection of the amount of savings goes up to $AUD 1.47 million annually.

Guerin T. A demonstration of how virtual meetings can enhance sustainability in a corporate context. Environmental Quality Management. 2017;27:75–81.

Article #2:

“Video Conferencing Cuts Emissions, Delivers Quick ROI”, E+E Leader

“U.S. and U.K. businesses that substitute some business travel with video conferencing can cut CO2 emissions by nearly 5.5 million metric tons in total and achieve total economy-wide financial benefits of almost $19 billion, by 2020, according to anew studycommissioned by the Carbon Disclosure Project and sponsored by AT&T.”

Financial return on investment of integrating video calls to your business is as little as 15 months. You can save nearly 900 business trips in the first year of using video calls and reduce emissions by 2,271 metric tons over five years. This means avoiding the greenhouse gas of 434 passenger vehicles for one year.

Click for more information;

Article #3:

“Your Biggest Carbon Sin May Be Air Travel” | The New York Times“One round-trip flight from New York to Europe or to San Francisco creates a warming effect equivalent to 2 or 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person. The average American generates about 19 tons of carbon dioxide a year; the average European, 10. So if you take five long flights a year, they may well account for three-quarters of the emissions you create.”

Click for more information:

Request a demo from 11Sight to discover its well-loved features and experience the professional video call. Follow us for more news!