How ‘Green’ is Elearning?

How 'Green' is Elearning?

What is ‘Green’?

“Going green” is a popular term used nowadays for living a lifestyle in a manner that will benefit of future environment.

Carbon footprint is the total set of greenhouse gases that are emitted by various organizations, products or even a person. These greenhouse gases are emitted as a result of transport, deforestations and other non-environmental friendly events.

Why are companies concerned?

About two decades ago the United Nations published the first global definition of sustainable development. Businesses then were not very much concerned and the NGOs were yet to discover the power of global action.

But today, there are thousands of companies signing up to the UN’s global compact and report to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Business leaders are now involved in negotiations about climate change because they have now started to recognize the significance of protecting the environment. It is essential to contribute to the growth of the green and also to adopt sustainable processes that promote new technologies for lesser emissions.

Among all the modes of transportation, the airplane is supposed to cause the highest amount of CO2 emissions, which is released into the atmosphere causing global warming. A trip from Capetown to Johannesburg produces approximately 300 kg of CO2. So do the calculations for your next training sessions!

Several airplane companies offer carbon-offset tickets in commitment with the Go-Green initiatives. However, a better option would be to adopt an effective environment-friendly initiative.

How can eLearning help?

A recent study by Britain’s Open University found that “producing and providing e-learning courses consumes an average of 90% less energy and produces 85% fewer CO2 emissions per student than conventional face-to-face courses.”

This statistical data clearly shows that eLearning is effective in building an environmentally safe planet. With implementation of eLearning in your training program, you can cut down on the use of paper, which results in less waste and minimum carbon emissions. Moreover, this can reduce the CO2 emission since it can cut down the travel.

And, what’s more, you can now easily learn with the ease of clicking of a button through your LMS (learning management system)!

To summarize, wherever be your learners, be it Bangkok or Boston, eLearning contributes a lot to minimize the emission of greenhouse gases. ELearning saves trees and thus it symbolizes your contribution to a “green” world.

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Induja is an Instructional Designer at CommLab India. She specializes in creating storyboards for eLearning courses.

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