By Amit Walia, Chief Revenue Officer at Compodium

Climate change

As David Attenborough warned earlier this year, our climate is in danger and the need to take action has never been more urgent.

Data shows the amount of carbon dioxide that has built up in our atmosphere – due to burning coal, gas and oil since the 19th century – is probably more than in the past three million years combined, becoming the highest it’s ever been in human history.

In 2019, the UK became the first major world economy to legislate for net zero by 2050. Ironically, 2019 was the second warmest since records began and the year the government stated, UK emissions have already fallen by 42%.

Clearly there’s a long way to go but I think it’s encouraging to see governments powering change in the right direction.

In fact, on 18th November the UK’s Prime Minister announced his Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. This includes everything from clean energy and transport, to nature and transformative digital innovations.

This exciting plan reveals the steps we need to take to build a greener future. The news that it will support up to 250,000 jobs is also welcome in these turbulent times.

2020 learnings

During the first half of 2020, carbon dioxide emissions fell by 1551 million tonnes when compared with the same period in 2019.

This decline is largely due to fewer people travelling to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, triggering widespread changes to technology use and an upsurge in video communications.

Driven initially by necessity, video communication platforms are now familiar and dependable tools helping people socialise as well as work during the pandemic.

The value of video communication technology as a driver towards net zero carbon emissions is profound as well as bringing a host of other benefits, including time and cost efficiencies and effective communication.

Looking ahead to 2021

Recent research by the Carbon Trust reveals that almost three quarters (74%) of organisations expect their environmental priorities to become more important next year. Nearly two thirds (63%) of businesses are also planning to increase their sustainability budgets in 2021 as a result of the pandemic.

The end of the year is approaching and at Compodium we’re already planning for 2021. Equipping organisations to fulfil their sustainability priorities is central to our company’s values and purpose.

Our secure, authenticated video communication platform, Vidicue is helping our customers to reach their environmental commitments. In addition, research shows remote working, supported by the use of video communication technology, raises productivity and improves people’s work-life balance by reducing their need to commute.

The associated benefits of fewer traffic jams, particulate and carbon emissions are tangible progress towards a greener, cleaner future for all – especially for our children and future generations.

I hope that over the coming months we can take our learnings from this unprecedented time and use them as a force for good.