Microsoft News Center posted a about research from The World Wildlife Fund that calls out the benefit that increased telecommuting and virtual meetings could have on the environment.
With UC tools like Microsoft Lync, companies can reduce travel and provide more employees with the option of working remotely. With HD video and voice capabilities, Lync makes it easy to have virtual "in-person" meetings, which not only cuts down on travel costs, but also on carbon footprint. For example, here's how Lync helped Microsoft:
- By avoiding more than 45,000 trips per year on average, with an average cost of $2,050, Microsoft has saved a total of $92 million in travel costs annually.
- According to Microsoft IT, Microsoft hosts approximately 100,000 conferences every month using Live Meeting, Office Communications Server and now Lync.
- Microsoft Travel estimates employees have avoided flying more than 100 million miles annually when compared with travel in 2007, saving 17,000 metric tons of CO2 annually.
[Source: Unified Communications Group Team Blog]