Google to hit 100% renewable energy by the end of the year

By William Gayde ยท 9 replies
Oct 12, 2017
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  1. Google runs some of the world's largest data centers which implies a lot of energy consumption, and that doesn't come cheap. But the costs are not just monetary either, with Google focusing heavily on their carbon footprint in recent years. The company has released their annual environmental report which, among other things, outlines their goal of achieving 100% renewable energy for their data centers and operations by the end of 2017.

    For the past 10 years, Google has been a carbon-neutral company. To achieve this goal, they have also become the world's largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy. Their current renewable capacity is 2.6GW with 598MW of that being added in 2016 alone.

    This doesn't mean that Google cleanly generates all of the energy it uses though. In 2016, their deals produced enough energy to cover about 57% of their global operations. This year they will continue to draw power from the grid, but will purchase additional wind and solar energy to offset the energy difference.

    The report also lists some places where Google has room for improvement. There has been some continuing controversy over where and how Google draws the water it uses to cool its data centers. Google failed to meet its goal of ISO 500001 certification for all of its data centers. They also set a goal of reducing employee generated waste at their Bay Area office by 10% from the previous year but only achieved a 2% drop.

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  2. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,488   +525

    How much does renewable cost? I only use renewable paper
  3. senketsu

    senketsu TS Guru Posts: 648   +421

    They set a goal to reduce employee generated waste........I think I need a little more clarification or rephrasing on that one
  4. Brock Kane

    Brock Kane TS Maniac Posts: 227   +127

    GIGAWATT? What's a gigawatt??

    -Marty McFly 'Back to the Future' 1985
  5. Jeff Re

    Jeff Re TS Booster Posts: 98   +50

    Your link to the "continuing controversy" is just a JPEG.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,280

    I think they intend to reduce salaries so they don't spend all day on the crapper. Have you seen how fat some of their more senior employees are? They just sit sedentary behind their desks all day barking orders, when they're not in the crapper of course. When they are, they use Allo or Hangouts to shout the odds, I heard that method is supposed to alleviate constipation a bit. ;)
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,240   +535

    Technically, Dr. Emmett Brown said it first in the movie. :)
  8. Brock Kane

    Brock Kane TS Maniac Posts: 227   +127

    Exactly! But Doc Brown knew what a gigawatt was. Marty asked the question... Gigawatt, what's a gigawatt? Was my point to this thread, asking what's a gigawatt? Get it?? LOL
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,240   +535

    Okay. Fair enough.
  10. Kashim

    Kashim TS Booster Posts: 58   +39

    You have no idea what you're talking about. Opinions are like a$$holes; everybody has one and they all stink.

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