Published September 22, 2019 |
by Steve Hanley
September 22, 2019 by Steve Hanley
Just before the global climate strike on September 20, Google announced that they will invest $ 2 billion in the US, Chile and Europe to increase the amount of electricity it derives from renewable sources. In a press release, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said: “Sustainability has been one of Google's core values from our earliest days. Over the years, we have worked hard to reduce the carbon footprint in our business, build products with people and the planet in mind, and drive changes in scale through our supply chains. ”
In what will be the largest renewable Google has committed itself to the energy acquisition in the company's history that 18 new energy contracts it says will add 1,600 megawatts of wind and solar power to its energy portfolio. When fully implemented, they will increase their renewable energy portfolio by more than 40%, for a total of 5,500 megawatts.
Pichai adds, "To ensure maximum power, all of our latest offerings meet the stringent" additional criteria "that we have long ago established for our energy purchases. This means that we do not buy power from existing wind and solar parks but instead make long Buying increments that result in the development of new projects Bringing incremental renewable energy to the networks where we consume energy is a critical component of striving for 24 × 7 carbon-free energy for all of our operations.
More support for renewable energy
Google is not only worried about getting electricity from renewable sources for their own business, it is committed to helping others do it as well, and it puts their money where their mouth is.
“In addition to our own business, we work to clean energy mainstream and break down barriers to those who want to buy renewable energy. Today we announce two new contributions from Google. org to provide additional support for organizations that expand access to clean energy for all businesses – from florists to large retailers to start-ups.
"We will provide a $ 500,000 grant to the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance in the United States and a $ 500,000 grant to RE-Source in Europe. These grants will help fund the development of new purchasing models , provide education and resources to consumers and enable a more comprehensive access to clean power. ”
Google employees demand more
More than 1,800 Google employees signed a letter last week urging the company to do more. In particular, the signatories object that Google works with fossil fuel companies to help them extract more of the liquid death that is their stock in trade.
"The technology is not 'green'," the letter states.  "The carbon footprint of the tech industry's data center is on par with aviation. While Google makes a commitment to sustainability and notes that its global business operations are carbon neutral (its emissions are offset by corresponding investments in renewable energy or carbon offsetting purchases) and strives for a long-term 24 × 7 carbon-free energy consumption (but with no set commitment date), the whole story.
"Google Cloud provides significant revenue licensing infrastructure, machine learning and technology talent to fossil fuel companies and promises to help them fetch fuel reserves faster. We know that a bright future requires that these reserves be kept in the ground. And that by making extraction "more efficient" Google is trading our collective future for profit.
"Google is also investing in the deadly status quo. In 2018, the company funded 111 congressmen who voted against climate legislation at least 90% of the time."
Google employees are absolutely right To be disgusted by the company's support of the fossil fuel industry and its funding of climate deniers in Congress, on the other hand, the industry helps pay its salaries and a favorable regulatory environment is necessary to promote the company's long-term growth.
a wonderful slogan and absolutely necessary about the world is to avert the ongoing climate crisis, but it does disrupt the very foundation of the global economy, which will have a huge impact on how people earn lives in the future. The road ahead is full of serious challenges that will require an extraordinary amount of human collaboration to resolve. our greatest challenge of all.