Broadband applications' contribution to sustainable work/life

Vertatique usually focuses on creating a more sustainable e-world, so it is worth occasionally noting that the e-world itself can be more sustainable than physical alternatives.  A recent study by the American Consumer Institute finds that "wide adoption and use of broadband applications can achieve a net reduction of 1 billion tons of greenhouse gas over 10 years, which, if converted into energy saved, would constitute 11% of annual U.S. oil imports." The report cites these specific opportunities, among others:

• Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer e-commerce is predicted to reduce greenhouse gases by 206.3 million (U.S.) tons.

• Telecommuting will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 247.7 million tons due to less driving, 28.1 million tons due to reduced office construction, and 312.4 million tons because of energy saved by businesses.

• Teleconferencing could reduce greenhouse emissions by 199.8 million tons, if 10% of airline travel could be replaced by teleconferencing over the next 10 years.

• Reduction in first-class mail, plastics saved from downloading music/video and office paper from emails and electronic documents could reduce emissions by 67.2 million tons. For example, over the next 10 years, shifting newspaper subscriptions from physical to online media alone will save 57.4 million tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.

We can reduce 199.8 million

We can reduce 199.8 million tons of greenhouse emissions just by staying home in a conference instead of flying? Then why aren't we all doing this? Business people will say that eye contact is very important and that some things can't be discussed over an insecure telephone line.

Telework Report Cites Green Benefits

AeA's Telework in the Information Age reports "A University of Maryland study found that 1.35 billion gallons of fuel worth $4.5 billion at current prices of $3.33 per gallon could be saved if everyone with the potential to telework did so just 1.6 days per week" and "Transitioning to an economy in which most of the white collar workforce teleworks at least some of the time offers the potential to lower the cost of business, increase productivity and access to workers, and reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions." Download the report at

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