GHG tool helps smart cities save money, boost productivity

Wed, 2013-09-04 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

reducing greenhouse gas emissionsWouldn’t it be great if city departments could accurately estimate the benefits of using technology, both in terms of money savings and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions? Now they can, thanks to a tool from Smart Cities Council Lead Partner AT&T.

With the AT&T Carbon Impact Assessment Tool, organizations can easily calculate the estimated GHG emissions and cost savings of using solutions that replace or reduce business travel and increase productivity and collaboration.

Using detailed data such as organization size, number of employees and travel plans, the AT&T Carbon Impact Assessment Tool developed by Alinean calculates the estimated return on investment (ROI), GHG emissions avoided, and productivity enhancements that could be achieved through use or potential use of AT&T Telepresence Solution, AT&T Connect and AT&T Remote Access Service

These services enable telecommuting, collaboration across locations and time zones, and virtual ‘face-to-face’ meetings, thus reducing, and in some cases eliminating, the need for business travel. 

The tool can display the results of using these technologies in user-friendly terms, such as the equivalent number of passenger cars removed from the road, trees that no longer need to be planted to offset emissions, or houses’ worth of energy use avoided. 

Download the carbon impact assessment tool >>