There are just a few weeks left till 2017, but this has not stopped Google from making a huge pledge to only use green energy next year.
The internet giant will power its data centres and offices for 60,000 members of staff with 100 per cent renewable sources in 2017. Although the firm has always been a strong supporter of green fuel, this is a huge jump from providing 44 per cent of its energy with renewable sources, which it currently does.
EU energy lead at Google Marc Oman claimed this is “not about greenwashing”, but rather a move that is “good for business”, as green energy is a very cost-effective option.
He stated that the company’s intentions are also environmentally charged, adding: “Our founders are convinced climate change is a real, immediate threat, so we have to do our part.”
The plan to reach its 100 per cent target has been five years in the making, and last year Google purchased 5.7 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable electricity, which is just short of the 7.6 TWh that is produced by all of Britain’s solar panels during the same year.
Mr Oman also claimed Google intends to sign long-term ten-year contracts for low-carbon power, including hydro, nuclear and biomass, showing that this is a permanent move into greener energy consumption.
Other businesses that may be inspired by Google’s steps towards a greener future could learn more about the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which was established to encourage more businesses to use green heat technologies by providing them with financial incentives.
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