In an interview with Reuters, Google’s CEO stated that Google’s goal is to use only carbon-free electricity to power data centers and offices 24-7 by 2030. The previous goal was to use 100% renewable energy. match.
As CEO Sundar Pichai described, the “expansion goal” will force Google to go beyond the technical industry norms that offset the carbon emissions generated by the use of electricity and require technological and political breakthroughs.
Pichai said: “The problem is so serious, many of us need to take the lead and propose solutions.” “We are one of the small participants, but we can set an example.”
Pichai said that the wildfires that burned record areas in the western United States this month have raised public awareness of climate change, and Google hopes to draw more attention through its new goals and product features.
Last year, wind, solar and other renewable resources accounted for 61% of Google’s global hourly electricity consumption. The ratio varies from facility to facility. The carbon-free resources of Google’s wind-swept Oklahoma data center meet 96% of hourly electricity demand, while gas-dependent operations in Singapore account for 3%.
However, Google consumes slightly more electricity globally than residents and businesses in Lahua State each year. It has become more and more optimistic that Google can use batteries to bridge this gap in order to store solar and geothermal energy overnight. Emerging resources such as libraries and better management of power demand.
Pichai said: “To plan to achieve 24/7 no carbon emissions in data centers and parks around the world, we see huge logistics challenges, which is why we have been trying to simulate how to get there last year. “And we are confident that we can reach the goal by 2030.”
He refused to share the possible cost of achieving the goal.
Google’s main competitors, including Microsoft and Amazon, aim to remove more carbon from the atmosphere in the next few decades, but none of them publicly set a goal to stop purchasing carbon-based energy.
However, the common goal of the two companies is to catalyze companies and governments to curb climate pollution by 2030, when scientists said that if left unchecked, global warming would become a catastrophic disaster.
Jennifer Layke, global director of the research group World Resources Institute (World Resources Institute), has received funding from Google. The company has inspired other companies in the United States and Europe over the past decade, but its current efforts must prompt In areas such as China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.
She said: “If we cannot get rid of carbon emissions, we will suffer torrential rains and drought.”
Google has been carbon neutral since 2007, which means that it has planted trees in its abundance, purchased carbon credits and funded large amounts of wind power to offset its coal and natural gas power generation in other regions . The company also said on Monday that its 1 million tons of emissions between the 2006 and 1998 launches have now been offset.
The company’s new goals include bringing 5 gigawatts of renewable energy to some suppliers, providing funding for tree planting that exceeds their offset needs, sharing data or establishing partnerships with 500 governments around the world, with a view to reducing annually by 2030 1 gigaton of carbon emissions.
Google said it will continue to offset carbon emissions unrelated to electricity use, such as employee travel.
Its carbon-free electricity target meets a demand of 2,000 Google employees. Last November, Google asked the company to stop selling data storage and other cloud computing tools to oil companies.
Pichai said the company will continue to “support everyone” through its cloud services and help oil and gas companies transition to other resources.
© Thomson Reuters 2020
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