Over the years, Google has been working on reducing its carbon footprint by a drastic margin. It started off in 2007 and in 2017, it became the first company of its size to match its entire annual electricity consumption with renewable energy (and then they did it again in 2018). As a result, becoming the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world.
Even with this achievement, Google was criticized by its employees for not taking the climate change challenge seriously. Google’s data centers are the main source of carbon footprint and its value is at par with the aviation industry itself. More than 1,600 Google employees signed a letter this week laying out a list of cross-tech climate goals for the company.
“Tech is not ‘green’. The carbon footprint of the tech industry’s data centers alone is on par with aviation. While Google makes a commitment to sustainability, stating that its global business operations are carbon neutral (its emissions are offset with equivalent renewable energy investments or carbon offset purchases) and aspiring to long-term 24×7 carbon-free energy consumption (but with no set commitment date), this doesn’t tell the whole story,” is what the group has mentioned in the letter.
In a recent statement along with the announcement, Google CEO said the following “Sustainability has been one of Google’s core values from our earliest days. Over the years we’ve worked hard to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations, build products with people and planet in mind, and drive change at scale through our supply chains,”.
Google with its recent investments in solar farms from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas as well as investing in a hybrid technology deal in Chile which will combine both solar and wind energy. Pichai plans on announcing the company’s plans in Europe tomorrow during a visit to Finland.
In the recent announcement the company has talked about the details of investments, it says “Our latest agreements will also spur the construction of more than $2 billion in new energy infrastructure, including millions of solar panels and hundreds of wind turbines spread across three continents. In all, our renewable energy fleet now stands at 52 projects, driving more than $7 billion in new construction and thousands of related jobs.”
Google is looking forward to enabling the smooth transition from traditional energy sources to renewable energy sources outside the company walls. From small shops to the new budding businesses and startups which will be powered by Google’s recently invested AI system software that will help in keeping the tab.
This announcement has been made ahead of the Global Climate Strike in which hundreds of employees from tech companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are said to participate in the protest that will last for the course of a week