In these uncertain economic times, companies across the United States are looking for ways to boost economic growth. Sensing a shift towards more environmentally friendly methods, companies must balance this need for growth with the environmental impact of such growth. Today, AT&T has announced that it would like to work with the US Environmental Protection Agency on a variety of solutions. In a press release, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson states, “As a nation, we can limit greenhouse gas emissions and, at the same time, expand our potential for economic growth.”
AT&T and other companies in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry are in a position to step up and provide better solutions to businesses, both small and large. One way to do this is by creating new and more efficient telecommuting and teleconference services. Telecommuting is by no means a new concept but many companies have found roadblocks when they look to increase their telecommuting workforce.
Another solution that AT&T mentions in its proposal to the EPA is the implementation of “energy-saving measures by installing more efficient lighting and heating and air systems, using motion detectors to eliminate unnecessary energy use and consolidating operations to shed building space.” (Source: PR Newswire)
I feel that AT&T is on the right track towards helping resolve some of the economic woes that companies and consumers in the US face today. The fact that they are looking at this from not only a business perspective, but an environmental perspective as well is key. Today, Reuters is reporting that the World Meteorological Organisation has released data on worldwide greenhouse gas levels in 2007. Unfortunately, the news is not good; CO2, methane and N2O all reached record highs last year.