Google sets a target to be a carbon-free operation by 2030, using AI

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Google said that it is planning to shift its whole processes, including data centers, to renewable energy by the year 2030, in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s plans include working with other organizations to enable them to adopt sustainable operations faster.

The Alphabet-owned tech giant plans to give companies access to their artificial intelligence power-saving software in data centers and start partnerships with cities looking to create sustainability projects.

The details of this planned carbon-free operation were announced by Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet Inc.

An environmentally conscious Google

The CEO said that the company has fully compensated for its emissions before becoming carbon neutral in 2007. Google gets a significant amount of energy from an ever-growing pool of renewable sources and makes up whatever remains, through carbon offsets.

Carbon offsets are investments made by organizations to projects like wind and solar farms to reduce the environment’s total net impact. In this case, the tech giant has matched all their electric energy consumption with renewable energy since 2017.

The next major project will involve becoming one of the few companies that will rely solely on renewable energy sources. They are planning to use all their tech inventions and experience to make this possible.

Unbridled ambition

The initiative will avail the AI technology to large companies that use most of the energy produced, lower their usage, and eventually pair renewable sources like wind and solar, to make more energy. 

For municipalities, Google plans to offer its Environmental Insights Explorer tool that can measure an area’s emission and the amount of roof space available to install solar panels.

They are making this tool available to 3000 cities from 122. Google has set ambitious goals for themselves. All that remains is to see if they are feasible.

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