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Online meetings: good practice for better sustainability

Your new colleague (aka your screen) is certainly doing the environment a favour by not traveling or eating red meat, but the reality is that the growing online activity requires always more energy. Granted, one meeting is not going to make the difference, but thousands and millions will. If you want to help make a difference, here are some tips to minimise the environmental impact and promote inclusivity of your online meetings.

 

1 PREPARATION

Diversity of speakers, Include subtitles functions

Prefer dark backgrounds for your presentations to limit energy consumption

Simple and contrasted slides

Choose the right provider. You can compare the environmental performance of your videoconference provider. Greenspector provides very useful information

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2 DURING YOUR VIRTUAL MEETING

Keep video streaming for presenter rather than whole audience

Ask participants to close other windows on their computer/device

 

3 COMMUNICATION

Limit the number of emails you send to participants to prepare the meeting

Tell participants about your efforts to limit the environmental impacts of your virtual event and offer some tips on energy saving

 

4 TECHNICAL TIPS

Prefer Wifi to 4G, it is less energy intensive.

Set your video conference app with optimised data resolution or ask your provider which options they can propose

For tailor made sophisticated virtual events, ask your supplier about their environmental credentials.

 

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