Tandberg will use its technology to enable green policy leaders to attend GreenBiz.com’s 2010 State of Green Business Forums virtually.

Using Tandberg Telepresence, former special advisor to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Van Jones, will deliver key insight on the future of sustainability and enliven discussions around GreenBiz.com’s annual status report on corporate environmental trends and progress.
“Embracing green practices and technologies is not only a matter of corporate social responsibility, it also makes good business sense,” says Bryan Thompson, Tandberg area manager, sub-Sahara South Africa.
“Utilising Tandberg's visual communications solutions at the forum reinforces the fact that video conferencing and telepresence are effective tools to help companies reduce their carbon footprint. This is also a great demonstration of how the technology truly empowers enhanced communication.”
"Leadership companies are looking at a wide range of tools and technologies to reduce their costs and environmental impacts, and telepresence is at the top of the list," says Joel Makower, executive editor of GreenBiz.com, and the host of the State of Green Business Forum. "We're looking forward to modeling Tandberg's solutions to our audience of sustainability executives from around the US."
A study on business travel in Europe concluded that substituting 5-30 percent of current air travel by video conferencing could avoid 5,59 – 33,53 million tons of CO2 emissions annually. This, coupled with Gartner’s prediction  that increased utilisation of visual communications solutions will save organisations $3,5-billion annually in travel costs by the end of 2012 underscores the cost and environmental benefits of the technology.
“In fact, Tandberg customers, inspired by the opportunity to implement environmentally responsible business models, reduced travel by up to 30% in 2009 while improving their bottom line,” says Thompson.
One Tandberg customer, global architectural firm Woods Bagot, has experienced first-hand the benefits of video conferencing and telepresence. As an organisation with a unique global business model and a commitment to environmental sustainability, Woods Bagot deployed video conferencing across its 15 worldwide offices in order to reduce travel costs and its environmental footprint.
Not only have they saved $440 000 on travel costs in one year, but more importantly, the firm has greatly minimised their environmental impact while optimising collaboration across the globe.
Visit www.seegreennow.com to see how several other organisations have advanced business goals and reduced environmental impacts with video conferencing and telepresence.