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Google will work to run its operations purely on carbon-free energy by 2030

Google CEO Sundar Pichai emphasised on the consequences of climate change and the need to avert them.

twitter-logoYasmin Ahmed | September 15, 2020 | Updated 14:01 IST

Highlights

  • Google aims to run all its operations in data centres and campuses around the world on carbon-free energy by 2030.
  • Google noted that it is working on ways to apply AI to optimise electricity demand and forecasting.
  • Google said it will create 20,000 jobs all over the world in clean energy and associated industries by 2025.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that the company aims to run all its operations purely on carbon-free energy by 2030. He noted that Google has eliminated the company's entire carbon legacy through the purchase of high-quality carbon offsets. Google has become the first major company whose lifetime net carbon footprint is now zero.


On operating on carbon-free energy 24 hours a day 7 days a week by 2030 Pichai said, "This is far more challenging than the traditional approach of matching energy usage with renewable energy, but we're working to get this done by 2030," Pichai said.

Google aims to achieve this by working towards carbon-free energy at all data centers and campuses around the world. "Our data centers power the products and services you've come to rely on every day. This will mean every email you send through Gmail, every question you ask Google Search, every YouTube video you watch, and every route you take using Google Maps, is supplied by clean energy every hour of every day," Google noted.


Google further noted that it is working on ways to apply AI to optimise electricity demand and forecasting. As an example of investing in technologies Google stated, "We 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 our products," As per Google, these efforts will help create 20,000 jobs in clean energy and associated industries by 2025.

As per the blog, Google released 4.9 million metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2018 alone, roughly the amount that more than 1 million passenger vehicles might put out in a year.


Last week California saw the largest-ever fires that have forced tens of thousands from their homes and burned one million acres. Pichai acknowledged that to avert the consequences of climate change, the world must act now.

"We have until 2030 to chart a sustainable cause for our planet or face the worst consequences of climate change. We are already feeling those impacts today from historic wildfires in the US to devastating flooding in many parts of the world," Pichai in a video said.

Google noted that it will help partners and organizations reduce their carbon usage and remove carbon from the atmosphere through machine learning.


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