Google has been for a long time focussing on the ways to convert its global operation to be powered entirely by renewable energy. With the latest announcement, it seems that the tech major will reach that goal soon.
Google has been for a long time focussing on the ways to convert its global operation to be powered entirely by renewable energy. With the latest announcement, it seems that the tech major will reach that goal soon. According to a blog post by Google, as a ‘landmark moment’, the offices and data centres of the company will soon run fully on renewable energy from 2017. Google is the largest buyer of corporate renewable energy followed by a distant second, world’s largest online retailer, Amazon. According to the company the data centres have been making 50 percent more energy efficient than the tech industry average and with more incorporation of the wind and solar farms Google is planning to be 100 percent fueled by renewable sources by the end of 2017.
In the blog posted by Google, Urs Holzle, vice president of Technical Infrastructure said, ” To reach this goal we’ll be directly buying enough wind and solar electricity annually to account for every unit of electricity our operations consume.” Although Google has been making great efforts to increase efficiency using artificial intelligence, still the largest demand for power comes from the company’s data servers. Holze said, “Electricity costs are one of the largest components of our operating expenses at our data centres, and having a long-term stable cost of renewable power provides protection against price swings in energy.”
In order for you to check of the efforts made by Google to decrease the carbon footprints and increase the sustainability of newer sources, Google has also put up an ‘Environmental Report 2016’.
Additionally, there is a website called ‘google.com/green’ which regularly updates on the initiatives the company has been taking in an effort to make the world greener place.