Virtual reality in sustainable business
Climate crisis is very much true. Food, traveling, tech devices, everyday products – we want more and more of it but at the same time we need to reflect on how it affects the planet. It’s mainly the responsibility of global corporations to take action and fight for a greener and less polluted future of our planet since it’s the business that makes the biggest impact on the environment. But should it mean the end of progress?
For decades machines and electronic tools have made some of our processes much more nature-friendly, eliminating a huge amount of paper use, filtering air pollution, or creating new sources of renewable energy. Who said that technological progress itself, so also the new devices like VR or AR ones, cannot improve sustainable practices in evolving companies? We believe that besides resigning from a part of the technological overflow, we should create smart solutions using cutting-edge ideas of immersive media innovators.
Read more to find our ideas of virtual reality for a sustainable future of business.
Decreasing carbon emission with VR solutions
In case of carbon footprint, we are now in the position in which direct action should be a common trend throughout different industries. What now seems like a good practice, in a couple of years may become obligatory or even considered as late damage control.
A decision to resign from taking a (very impactful) plane for professional trips is a good one but only if we have an idea of how to achieve the same or better results with different means. If the cooperation you aim for by traveling can be achieved by remote cooperation, you can consider virtual reality applications that will allow you and your partners to review the same project in an immersive space, such as custom-designed room or shared space.
Points of interest:
– remote cooperation
– virtual meetings in custom rooms
– exchange of spatial projects / prototypes
VR applications can not only give you a possibility to work together, but also to interact with each other, share gestures, thoughts, ideas, as well as files, presentations, or tables. This fully digitalized cooperation makes sense if creative teams work from distant offices or if the international partnership requires frequent meetings.
Virtual training – cost-effective and practical choice
What’s the best idea if we are to automate the chosen process, but we’re not sure if it’s going to last? The most sustainable idea is to use good hardware and pair it with adjustable software.
For example – if you’re looking forward to creating the best possible training scenario for your employees but every time it means booking a different lecturer who’s, in the end, going to prepare them for the same quiz as always, maybe it’s time to invest in something that will be ready to use whenever needed, sparing money, time and resources (such as gasoline, energy, paper).
By choosing an immersive course (for example H&S, just like our application for Pilz), you pick the easiest and the most engaging way of training, which requires just a little time and basic knowledge. The documentation prepared in the process can also be digitally exported to the online cloud, without the need for extensive printing.
Points of interest:
– setting standards for internal trainings
– exporting digital reports on employee progress
– full control of training process / real-time guidance
This particular use of virtual reality in sustainable business shows that it’s always smart to own a long-lasting solution than to continuously outsource it, which means that we have full control of the process and its quality, as well as the environmental impact.
Raising employee awareness with VR
How to make a difference in terms of acting against climate change? It’s important we take into account that there is a certain level of environmental consciousness that allows businesses to plan their steps towards the successful green transformation.
Raising climate change awareness is one of the fundamental challenges of modern employers. It begins with knowledge, which comes from interesting and engaging sources. It may be easy to just create a mailing list for employees or assign them to make obligatory charity work for the environment, but wouldn’t necessarily create a true and honest need of action and may not educate workers the way we want them to.
Using virtual reality in sustainable business can also mean choosing this technology in order to organize immersive courses for climate education. The VR itself makes a focal point of a given event and if it would become a part of an environmental day at your office – it can make a positive buzz and show the team how valuable nature is and how we are able to save it with a few adjustments.
Points of interest:
– engaging way of conducting internal meetings
– ability to present a chosen aspect of sustainable work ethics
– building a level of awareness about climate-related issues
With virtual lessons or experiences (360 degree movies will do the work as well) you can achieve what couldn’t have been done so effectively with traditional methods. VR makes sense if you aim for the impactful message and employees’ attention.
If you have other ideas how to improve your company’s climate preserving initiatives by implementing virtual reality solutions, feel free to contact us and share your point of view.