Zoom Video Communications announced its Green Leader customers, the ten companies estimated to be avoiding the most carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by replacing face-to-face, in-person meetings with face-to-face Zoom video meetings. In total, the top ten were estimated to have avoided 685,205 metric tons of CO2 in the 90 days preceding October 31, 2019, the equivalent of the annual CO2 emissions from 148,958 cars, and the equivalent of 11,420,077 trees planted.
The CO2 Cost of Business Travel
While face-to-face meetings are essential to sustain and grow businesses, hosting these meetings in person can have adverse effects on the environment. Local meetings reached by car commute create literally tons of CO2 a year. With an average daily round trip commute of 30 miles, the annual CO2 emissions for a typical passenger vehicle is 4.6 metric tons (epa.gov, cadiapower.com). Air travel is even less efficient. A single economy class round-trip flight from San Francisco (SFO) to New York (LGA) expels 1.4 tons of CO2 (co2.myclimate.org). While air travel currently accounts for 2.5 percent of global CO2 emissions, this emissions source is growing at a faster rate than predicted in previous, already dire, projections.
The Green Leaders
The top ten Green Leaders that were estimated to have avoided the most CO2 emissions through the use of Zoom’s video-first unified communications platform during the three months preceding October 31, 2019 were:
- A multinational database software company
- A multinational computer technology company
- HP, Inc.
- VMware, Inc.
- A Fortune 50 Retail Company
- Sanofi Aventis Groupe
- A $2B+ cloud services leader
- Autodesk, Inc.
- Uber Technologies
The Green Leader in the #1 spot, saved 170,363 metric tons of CO2 in the 90 days preceding
October 31, 2019, the equivalent of the annual CO2 emissions from 37,035 cars, and the
equivalent of 2,893,382 trees planted. In total, the top ten were estimated to have avoided 685,205 metric tons of CO2 in the 90 days preceding October 31, 2019, the equivalent of the annual CO2 emissions from 148,958 cars, and the equivalent of 11,420,077 trees planted. The vast majority of CO2 emissions savings realized was from plane travel, as opposed to motor vehicle travel (80:1 ratio).
“At Zoom our core value is Care. We care about our community, customers, company, teammates, and selves, in that order. When I think of our global community, I worry about the suffering caused today and in the future by climate change. We all must do our part to reduce our carbon footprint, and limiting unnecessary car and plane travel is a significant step,” said Eric S. Yuan, founder and CEO of Zoom. “We’re proud that our valued customers have realized such incredible CO2 emissions avoidance using Zoom and I know this is just the beginning.”