Environment Ministry reduces pollution through video calls

October 31, 2012 20:43


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In order to reduce the pollution emitted by vehicles traveling about the country, the Environmental Protection Ministry will publish a tender on Thursday for a system of video-conferencing mechanisms for its employees throughout the country.

Every week, Environment Ministry employees make about 30 trips for meetings, and in addition to the 6,200 hours of travel time wasted yearly, about 72 tons of carbon dioxide and NIS 350,000 are also spent annually in the process.

The ministry therefore has planned to install video-conferencing systems in its remote districts in the North and South as well as at the ministry headquarters in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to hold virtual meetings.

"This move will conserve valuable work time of government staff, save fuel costs and reduce air pollution," said Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan. "This is further proof that 'green management' is management that is good for the pocket and good for the environment."

The ministry said it expects that the system will be up-and-running within one year.

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