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Companies save thousands by using video link-ups

COMPANIES throughout the country have proved that video-conferencing can work.

Video-conferencing has played an important part in reducing business travel at Royal Bank of Scotland, which estimates that it saves more than £70,000 a month on corporate travel through video and audio-conferencing.

The group's travel and expenses policy encourages staff to consider the use of video and telephone conferencing facilities first, making them think about the journey they are about to make.

Importantly, video-conferencing is just part of a company-wide commitment to reduce the impact of the business on the environment.

Since mid-1997, it has developed its own intranet-based car-sharing scheme.

At its largest centre in Edinburgh – Drummond House – about 40% of the available 1,400 parking spaces are given over for use by car-sharers.

Last year, Lex Vehicle Leasing urged fleets which operate from more than one location to consider video-conferencing in a bid to slash fuel costs and reduce vehicle emissions.

Since Lex introduced video-conferencing as part of its environmental policy, the company has saved £69,000 in fuel costs and cut mileage by 717,200 miles, preventing 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being pumped into the atmosphere.

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