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Google beats Microsoft to eliminating carbon legacy by 30 years

Google beats Microsoft to eliminating carbon legacy by 30 years”

"To plan 24/7 hourly being carbon-free in our data centers and campuses around the world, we see an enormous logistics challenge, which is why we've been hard at work modeling the previous year how to get there", Pichai explained. Now, Google has announced that it has successfully eliminated its entire carbon legacy, beating other tech giants. "We are already feeling those impacts today from historic wildfires in the United States to devastating flooding in many parts of the world".

"Tech companies were some of the first to set renewable energy goals, and even still, their energy-hungry data centres continued to use huge amounts of fossil fuels, prolonging our collective reliance on dirty energy any time we use the internet", she said. "This is our biggest sustainability moonshot yet", said Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai in a statement, "with enormous practical and technical complexity". "We are already feeling those impacts today from historic wildfires in the USA to devastating flooding in many parts of the world."Now, Google is no stranger to renewable energy".

The move will force Google to abandon its carbon offsetting scheme through which it made up for its emissions by funding carbon savings elsewhere. That means offices, campuses and data centres everywhere, for all of its products across Gmail, Search, YouTube and Maps. "We operate the cleanest global cloud in the industry, and we're the world's largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy", Mr Pichai wrote informing the public.

Mr Pichai said the company is working on ways to apply artificial intelligence (AI) to optimise its electricity demand and forecasting. These efforts will help create 12,000 jobs by 2025.

This is a much more substantial step than the typical approach of other companies pledging to match energy usage with renewable energy, and Google is taking steps to reach a carbon-free level by 2030.

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However, the companies share a common goal of pushing businesses and governments to limit climate pollution and get rid of it altogether by 2030, with this being the date that scientists have claimed that global warming could become catastrophic if it is left unchecked.

The Google CEO said this would create 10,000 "green jobs" in the first five years alone. Apple recently pledged to be 100 percent carbon neutral, including its supply chain, by 2030.

Google has also promised to spend more than $5bn in renewable energy investments with an output of 5GW and reduce carbon emissions in 500 cities by one gigaton annually by 2030.

Because it's figuring out how to meet those challenges, Google says its commitment to end its reliance on fossil fuels could pave the way for other companies to do the same.



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