Genesis Energy Cuts Travel Costs and Carbon Emissions
Responsible for delivering a diverse electricity portfolio to more than 660,000 New Zealand customers, Genesis Energy has deployed video conferencing as part of its strategy to reduce employee travel time and carbon emissions.
Sean Heffernan, Infrastructure Architect at Genesis Energy, says, “Our aim is to operate as a commercially-focused sustainable company providing responsible energy solutions to our customers. This underpins the way we operate and how our employees interact with stakeholders. It can also be seen in our efforts with video to reduce our impact on the environment.”
Genesis Energy has deployed TANDBERG video conferencing units in its meeting rooms in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington offices as well as at the company’s power generation sites at Huntley, Tokaanu and Tuai and uses the TANDBERG Management Suite to provide centralised system management and reporting for their sustainability program.
“Unless there are strong drivers to go to other sites our employees now use the video conferencing equipment. It saves countless unproductive hours of travel. At the same time, the technology is also contributing to savings on contractor costs. When the TANDBERG devices were first deployed we held a session that involved staff and contractors from two other offices. Video conferencing on that one occasion alone saved Genesis Energy around $2,500 in contractor travel time,” says Heffernan.
Heffernan says that within the offices, everyone thinks about energy efficiency and waste minimisation. There’s strong management recognition of the need for a green approach to running the business and the company has guidelines around purchasing relating to sustainability. Video fits perfectly with this strategy.
Read the case study on Genesis Energy journey and its path towards a video-enabled future here.