A lot of companies are becoming more and more caring towards Earth. How? By incorporating becoming carbon neutral into their agenda. The latest to join and the biggest of them all, Google, has stated that by 2017 it will become completely carbon neutral. This is amazing considering that climate change is becoming a pressing issue.
Google stated in a press release that it will achieve 100% renewable energy and carbon neutrality by 2017. Urs Holzle, senior VP of Technical Infrastructure says, the company began working towards this goal back in 2010. The very first step included buying energy from a 114 megawatt wind farm in Iowa.
Owing to the expansive nature of Google’s data centers and offices, it cannot use solar and wind energy directly for its infrastructure. So, how is Google going 100% renewable and carbon neutral? It is doing so by funding enough projects over the world to offset the power demands of 5.7 terawatt-hours each year. The next goal of company is to achieve 2.6 gigawatts of solar and wind energy.
Do you know how much power does Google consume? A fun fact ; it’s the equivalent of energy the entire city of city of San Francisco consumes. Google even plans to purchase resources of renewable energy in excess to compensate for usage of any fossil fuel.
Holzle said, “Electricity costs are one of the largest components of our operating expenses at our data centers. And having a long-term stable cost of renewable power provides protection against price swings in energy. For Google, reaching our 100% goal on a global and annual basis is just the beginning. In addition to continuing to aggressively move forward with renewables like wind and solar, we will work to achieve the greater, longer-term challenge of powering our operations on a region-specific, 24-7 basis with clean, zero-carbon energy.”
You can read more about Google’s plan in the full white paper that entails company’s fiscal dealings. Google also has its own environmental website that allows users to have a more comprehensive knowledge of its renewable energy goals and spending.