KPMG is using more trains and will use more audio- and videoconferencing, but is “relying on … more efficient planes” to further cut its carbon footprint, stated a recent story in the Financial Times.
“We have reduced our emissions by more than a third since 2000 through initiatives such as switching to renewable electricity, recycling and providing alternatives to travel,” U.K. chairman and senior partner John Griffith-Jones. “But half our carbon footprint is now accounted for by air travel and we can’t quite see how we can deliver services to our international clients without it.”
Many businesses are looking to videoconferencing as a substitute to business travel for internal meetings. While face-to-face contact with clients especially new ones are still important, video conferencing allows meetings within companies. And it cuts down the costs of sending staff on planes, putting them up in hotels and covering meals.
It also assists with staff work/life balance allowing more time at home and less stress associated with travel.