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Businesses can reduce their energy consumption by up to two per cent if they make full use of broadband services, it has been suggested.

According to the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), firms can reduce their carbon footprint by making greater use of online services.

The body claimed that by embracing a number of broadband-facilitated green practices, companies can help improve the environment.

GeSI is now urging workers to telecommute rather than travel to work, and use email rather than send letters by post.

It is also advising consumers to utilise online banking, shopping and education rather than the traditional equivalents, and download media rather than purchase physical goods.

GeSI explained that telecommuting - where employees work from home using their broadband connection - is set to have the biggest positive impact on the environment.

This is likely to provide 83 per cent of the net energy savings in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK, the report claimed.

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