Google has announced its objective to spend at least 2 billion U.S dollars in new renewable energy infrastructure across the United States, South America, and Europe. The tech giant has worked hard over the years to reduce the carbon footprint of its operations, build products with people and planet in mind, and drive change at scale through supply chains. The new 1,600-megawatt package of wind and solar agreements includes 18 new energy deals and will increase the tech giant’s renewable energy portfolio by more than 40%. It claims Google has been a carbon-neutral company since 2007. The company said the purchase will amount to the largest in corporate history.
The CEO Sundar Pichai said in a statement, “Sustainability has been one of Google’s core values from our earliest days. Over the years we’ve worked hard to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations, build products with people and planet in mind, and drive change at scale through our supply chains”. The company is planning to more than double its global solar portfolio with investments in solar farms in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. Google is also investing in a hybrid technology deal in Chile which will combine both solar and wind. Pichai added plans announcing the company’s plans in Europe tomorrow during a visit to Finland.
It is noteworthy that hundreds of Google employees have criticized the tech giant for not taking the environment seriously enough. They pointed out the carbon footprints of its data centers and the company’s funding of lawmakers who vote against climate legislation. At least 1,600 Google employees signed a letter this week laying out a list of cross-tech climate goals for the company. The group said in the letter, “Tech is not ‘green’. The carbon footprint of the tech industry’s data centers alone is on par with aviation. While Google makes a commitment to sustainability, stating that its global business operations are carbon neutral and aspiring to long-term 24×7 carbon-free energy consumption, this doesn’t tell the whole story”.