The Benefits of eLearning: eLearning and the Environment – How eLearning Can Reduce Your Company’s Carbon Footprint

Corporations across the country and around the world are beginning to take initiative to reduce their carbon footprint. From employee driven efforts such as turning your computer off before leaving, encouraging carpooling, or simply providing recycling programs in the lunch room to larger efforts such as emailing paystubs to employees, installing low flow toilets in the washroom, or adjusting the heat and air conditioning in the office, we are noticing small, but meaningful achievements towards a healthier world. But what else can companies do to make a difference?

 In today’s technology driven world, eLearning provides an environmentally friendly solution to a corporation’s Learning and Development needs.  A recent study conducted by Britan’s Open University found that “producing and providing distance learning courses consumes an average of 90% less energy and produces 85% fewer CO2 emissions per student than conventional face-to-face courses.”

Below are just a few examples of how implementing eLearning into your corporations L&D initiative can make a positive impact on the environment by reducing your carbon footprint:

  • eLearning courses can be taken by any one in any location. Learners no longer have to drive or fly to training centers to receive company training courses, therefore reducing carbon emissions.
  • Additionally, corporations save energy by hosting courses online rather than renting out large conference rooms equipped with energy sucking computers, projectors or smart boards – not to mention the energy it takes to keep the room lit and warm/cool.
  • eLearning courses eliminate the need for a human  instructor. If the course is given several times over a year the impact of flying in experts to teach a course can be considerable. By using interactive virtual instructors, companies do not have to pay for the transportation (and accommodation) of the instructor(s).
  • eLearning courses can be used multiple times by multiple users. Course material can be created once and used over and over again. To this point, if learners need to revisit the training course they can access the materials again, eliminating the need to hold another training session.
  • eLearning course material can be accessed online, reducing the need to print expensive handouts and manuals for each learner – multiple times. If the course material changes over time, the impact of reproduction can be astronomical. eLearning allows for changes in course content by simply changing the course online.


So doesn’t it just make sense to adopt eLearning into your corporation for your L&D needs? With today’s energy crisis and much needed attention to environmental issues it seems to be an obvious answer.

Has your corporation adopted eLearning for their training needs? Share your experiences with us.

Are you interested in learning more about eLearning solutions for your company? Contact us to see how iPal can help you.

About iPal Interactive Learning, A Knightsbridge Company

iPal Interactive Learning was established to provide an enhanced e-learning experience. Using industry leading technologies, processes and talent, iPal has created an interactive development methodology that ensures learner engagement and knowledge retention. iPal is truly passionate about taking e-learning to the next level, helping organizations achieve training and development success. Visit our website at:
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