Facebook has announced that it would power all its global operations with 100 per cent renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 75 per cent by the end of 2020. "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. Facebook has signed contracts for over three gigawatts of new solar and wind energy, that includes over 2,500 megawatts in just the past 12 months," the company wrote in a blog post late on Tuesday.
The social media giant started to move toward renewable energy way back in 2013 when it signed contract to buy wind power. Two years later, the company set a goal of using 50 per cent renewable energy to power its facilities across the globe. "In 2015, we set a goal of supporting 50 per cent of our facilities with renewable energy by 2018. We achieved that goal a year early, reaching 51 per cent clean and renewable energy in 2017," the company said.
“We are proud of the impact our renewable energy program is having on local communities and the market in general. 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. We bring an open and innovative approach to finding renewable energy solutions that fit our needs and can move energy markets forward,” Facebook said. However, Facebook is far behind tech titans Google and Apple in achieving this target. While Google achieved the goal of using 100 per cent renewable energy in 2017, Apple reached the goal earlier this year.