Google Pledges 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy by 2030

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Google on Monday pledged that by 2030 it will run its entire business on carbon-free energy — every hour of every day of the year. The promise commits the tech giant to an even more aggressive program of sourcing clean energy and enabling the infrastructure to make it available even when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing. Monday’s commitment from Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and parent company Alphabet, comes amid record-setting wildfires across the U.S. West driven by increased heat and dry conditions linked to global warming from human-produced carbon emissions. “The science is clear: The world must act now if we’re going to avert the worst consequences of climate change,” Pichai wrote in the blog post. Google’s new commitment is distinct from the more typical corporate commitments from rivals such as Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft, and a growing number of companies, to offset their carbon emissions from electricity by buying renewable energy, investing in reforestation efforts and engaging in other carbon-reduction strategies. Google has been carbon-neutral on those measures since 2007 and has since shifted from buying power directly from existing wind and solar farms to financing the construction of new renewables, …

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