Google expands climate vision, vows to create easier renewable power purchase pathways

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The tech giant has announced that not only has it eliminated its entire carbon legacy, but that it is moving towards running entirely on renewable generation, 24/7. More importantly, Google is looking to create pathways for renewable purchasers of any size to follow in its wake. September 14, 2020 Tim SylviaIn an update on the company’s climate action efforts, Google has announced that it’s aiming to run all of its data centers and corporate campuses worldwide on entirely carbon-free power by 2030.Google also shared that it has eliminated its entire carbon legacy, meaning that all operational emissions before the company achieved carbon neutrality in 2007 have been covered. According to Google, the ability to make its lifetime net carbon footprint zero was made possible by the purchase of “high-quality” carbon offsets.24/7 carbon-free electricityAfter achieving the company’s previous renewable goal of of matching all energy used with equivalent renewable generation in 2017, this move represents the next step in the equation. No longer will the energy used be just matched by renewable generation — renewables will be the only source of generation.To achieve this, the company is pairing renewed investments in wind, solar and storage with artificial intelligence systems which will optimize electricity …

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