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The Sustainable Development Commission, Institute for Public Policy Research and World Wide Fund for Nature Argue for Telepresence Integration into UK's Transport Infrastructure

June 4, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

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The  Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), Institute for Public Policy Research  (IPPR) and World Wide Fund For Nature  (WWF) have published new reports calling for telepresence  to be integrated into the UK's transport infrastructure.

The SDC and IPPR report 'Breaking the holding pattern - A new approach to aviation policy making in the UK' calls for the UK Government to 'reduce business travel by encouraging greener travel in public sector  and business  by speeding the uptake of technology alternatives such as telepresence.'

According to the report, a leading financial company eliminated the need for approximately 200 transatlantic flights and 60 European flights using Teliris Telepresence. The firm estimated its savings at $3,407,200, which included the cost of avoided flights and accommodation, and saved over 450 tonnes of C02 emissions.

The new WWF Report 'Travelling Light' features an independent survey of business travel practices amongst FTSE 350 companies.  The research revealed that 62 percent of surveyed companies are already reducing their business travel footprint, a further 24 percent are developing plans to do so, and 66 percent support proposals for the UK Government to introduce an Enhanced Capital Allowance  scheme for organisations investing in telepresence technology.

The WWF report also highlights that telepresence, for the first time, allows a true alternative to travel for many types of meetings.

Martyn Lewis , EU Chairman of Teliris, comments, "The Sustainable Development Commission, Institute for Public Policy Research and World Wide Fund For Nature represent a growing number  of Key Opinion Formers in the UK, which are actively encouraging the UK Government and British businesses to adopt telepresence technology. Telepresence is the only reliable and natural virtual meeting experience and facilitates increased productivity, a better employee work-life balance, a foolproof business continuity plan, allows for carbon emissions reduction and offers cost savings for companies all over the world."

"Teliris is proactively supporting these Key Opinion Formers to bring telepresence into the mainstream by breaking previous pricing barriers and opening up telepresence accessibility to enterprises and smaller businesses.

Further information:    Please contact David Jullienne, Bryony Mansell or Joel Derbyshire at Fuel PR, Tel: 020 7498 8211 or email [email protected]


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