Google aims to run on carbon-free energy by 2030
Google announced its third decade of climate action and its most ambitious energy goal yet which is to run its business on carbon-free energy everywhere, at all times, by 2030. This means Google is aiming to always have its data centres supplied with carbon-free energy. They are the first cloud provider to make this commitment and intend to be the first to achieve it.
Google has a long track record on clean energy. In 2007, Google became the first major company to become carbon neutral. In 2017, Google became the first company of its size to match 100% of its electricity consumption with renewable energy. Today, Google Cloud is the only major cloud provider to purchase enough renewable energy to cover its entire operations, and over the years, they’ve purchased more wind and solar power than any other corporation in history.
In its third decade of climate action, Google is going even further to help build a carbon-free future for everyone. Here’s how:
- Google is eliminating its entire carbon legacy.
- Google is the first major company to make a commitment to operate on 24/7 carbon-free energy in all its data centres and campuses worldwide. This is far more challenging than the traditional approach of matching energy usage with renewable energy but Google is working to get this done by 2030.
- Google is investing in technologies to help its partners and people all over the world make sustainable choices. For example, they are investing in manufacturing regions to enable 5 GW of new carbon-free energy, helping 500 cities reduce their carbon emissions and finding new ways to empower 1 billion people through its products.
- Google estimates that the commitments they’re making today will directly generate more than 20,000 new jobs in clean energy and associated industries in America and around the world by 2025.