GHG Emissions, Commercial, Sourcing Renewables  -  August 29, 2018

Facebook sets 100% RE goal for 2020

Facebook has committed to a 2020 deadline for powering its global operation with 100% renewable energy, as well as reducing its GHG emissions by 75%. The company’s earlier goal of supporting 50% of its facilities with RE by 2018, set in 2015, was achieved one year early at 51% in 2017.

The company announced on August 28, "In a record-breaking year of corporate renewable energy purchases, Facebook is on track to be one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy. Since our first purchase of wind power in 2013, Facebook has signed contracts for over 3 gigawatts of new solar and wind energy, that includes over 2,500 megawatts in just the past 12 months."

Facebook noted the impact their renewable energy program is having on local communities as well as the overall market. "All of these wind and solar projects are new and on the same grid as our data centers. That means that each of these projects brings jobs, investment and a healthier environment to the communities that host us — from Prineville, Oregon, and Los Lunas, New Mexico, to Henrico, Virginia, and Luleå, Sweden." The company explained its process of "working to enable access to renewable energy resources for other companies and organizations by building infrastructure, opening projects to other buyers or establishing green tariffs, which allow customers to buy renewable energy from their local utilities."

 

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