Complete Life-Cycle Assessment of the Energy/CO2 Costs of Videoconferencing Vs Face-to-Face Meetings

Provided by: University of New South Wales
Topic: Mobility
Format: PDF
While video conferencing is often viewed as a greener alternative to physically travelling for face-to-face meetings, it has its own energy and carbon dioxide costs. In this paper, the authors present the first analysis of the total cost of videoconferencing, including network plus videoconferencing equipment operating costs, and Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) of equipment costs, and compare these costs to the total cost of transport for face-to-face meetings. While the costs of these meeting forms depend on many factors such as distance travelled, meeting duration, and the technologies used, they find that videoconferencing takes at most 6.7% of the energy/carbon of a face-to-face meeting.

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