Steps toward a more sustainable future
People perform trillions of searches on Google each year, upload hundreds of hours of videos to YouTube each minute, and receive more than 120 billion emails every week. Making all of these Google services work for everyone requires a lot of behind-the-scenes work, like operating a global network of data centers around the clock and manufacturing products for people around the world.
It’s not only our responsibility to build products and services that are fast and reliable for everyone, but also to make sure we do so with minimal impact to our planet. So this Earth Day, we’re taking inventory of the progress we’ve made when it comes to sustainability and where we plan to do more.
We’ve scaled up our use of renewable energy.
In 2017, we hit a goal that we set five years earlier and matched 100 percent of the electricity consumption of our operations with purchases of renewable energy. This means that for each unit of energy we used that year, we purchased an equivalent unit of energy from a renewable source, such as wind or solar.
When we buy renewable energy, we only do so from projects that are constructed for Google. This helps us bring on new clean energy supply to the grids where we operate our facilities.
Today, a Google data center uses 50 percent less energy than a typical data center, while delivering seven times more computing power than we did five years ago.
We use AI to help safely run our data center cooling systems—already this has resulted in 30 percent energy savings.
We’re weaving circularity into our operations. In our data centers, we use components from old servers to upgrade machines and build remanufactured machines with refurbished parts.