How green was my Videoconference?

It is often said that videoconferencing is a green technology – but just how green is it? How much energy is consumed in the production and installation of the equipment…  in its support, and eventual disposal? And how much electricity does a studio full of equipment consume when in use? Taking these factors into consideration, what travel savings must be made to produce a net reduction of greenhouse gas emissions?

Can all meetings that involve travel be replaced by videoconferencing,
or just some, and how do we decide which are suitable for this technology?

To help answer these questions, this research project is looking at how much energy is consumed by videoconferencing equipment and studios, and how much energy is saved by replacing actual meetings with videoconferenced ones.

We are looking at actual meetings held by videoconference in Wales to see the travel savings that have really been made, and how much this has helped to reduce carbon emissions.

We are also interested in looking at meetings held in person, to help us understand the types of event held this way, and to appreciate the potential barriers that prevent videoconferences.

This project has been funded by the Joint Information Services Committee (JISC) as part of its Greening ICT Programme. The original project proposal can be found there.




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