Wednesday, 21 April 2021 14:24

Remote work solutions contribute to avoidance of greenhouse gas emisions, says LogMeIn

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Remote support software specialist LogMeIn is claiming that it contributed to avoiding as much as 63 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions through its customers’ use of GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar during the first year of the pandemic - between April 2020 and March 2021 - compared to daily commuting and business travel for company meetings.

LogMeIn's claims come with its announcement on Wednesday of data quantifying the impact of a years’ worth of remote work on sustainability efforts around the globe.

LogMeIn also cites a report that, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, that figure (63 million) is equivalent to taking nearly 13.8 million cars off the road for a year, 7.6 million homes' energy use for one year, or one billion trees planted.

LogMeIn says that through its suite of remote work products, it has enabled customers to effectively work safely and securely from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to LogMeIn, reduced carbon emissions through the enablement of remote work is just one way it is committed to global sustainability - and through its Corporate Social Responsibility program, the company is also continuing to work toward actionable sustainability goals, including reaching Net Zero Emissions by 2030, and to further the company’s own practices both in the office and at home as it adopts a remote-centric work policy globally. 

“As part of that strategy, the company is procuring certified carbon offsets and renewable energy credits (RECs) to mitigate 100% of the company’s own operational emissions in 2020 and beyond,” LogMeIn says.

LogMeIn says the increased usage of LogMeIn’s products during the pandemic underscores the company’s contribution to customers working effectively from home while reducing emissions substantially.

“In addition to the above impact from the GoTo unified communications and collaboration (UCC) products, a usage surge was also seen across the company’s full portfolio of products, including remote access and support solutions such as LogMeIn Central, LogMeIn Pro and Rescue,” LogMeIn notes.

“Even as we temporarily physically distance to help bring COVID-19 under control, the digital revolution is connecting us more closely than ever and is here to stay. LogMeIn’s products, such as GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar, help to enable this work from anywhere revolution,” said Jim Boyle, CEO & Founder of Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. – a shared-cost industry leadership service that assists LogMeIn with its own sustainability goals.

“In leveraging the impact these products can have on LogMeIn’s global community of employees, customers, and partners to improve their environmental responsibility, it demonstrates the difference a science-inspired company can make when it decides to lead.”

According to LogMeIn, while there will continue to be a place for certain types of face-to-face meetings, many companies, including LogMeIn, are looking to reduce the amount of business travel and commutes for employees.

LogMeIn says this shift will help offset the time, expense and carbon footprint by utilising technology to host virtual interactions.

“It is expected that products like those from LogMeIn will continue to play an essential role in maintaining business continuity and allowing employees the flexibility to work how, where and when they want, as well as to help companies achieve their own sustainability goals,” LogMeIn commented.

“Even when a return to the office and business travel is safe, companies that offer remote work and reduce business travel in favor of virtual events and meetings will continue to see a lasting impact on their own emission reduction goals.”

“2020 and the early part of 2021 were full of challenges for us all, however, as a company we are immensely proud of the role we were able to play supporting organisations’ remote work needs,” said Bill Wagner, President and CEO at LogMeIn.

“Through the use of our products, business leaders were able to see that flexible work could and should be something that continues long after the pandemic. Not only because data shows it’s what employees want, but also because it’s what can help our environment.

“Sustainability is a core pillar here at LogMeIn and as restrictions begin to lift and our new normal takes shape, we, and many others, are embracing the learnings from this past year to adopt a totally new way of working that includes a hybrid approach to where we work.

“By reducing business travel and commutes in favor of virtual meetings and events we can make a significant and lasting impact on the world around us,” Wagner concluded.

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