Facebook pledges to use 100% renewable energy by 2020
September 5, 2018
Facebook has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 75% and powering its global operations with 100% renewable energy 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. Since its first purchase of wind power in 2013, Facebook has signed contracts for over 3GW of new solar and wind energy, which includes over 2500MW in the past 12 months.
“We are proud of the impact our renewable energy programme is having on local communities and the market in general,” said a Facebook statement. “All of these wind and solar projects are new and on the same grid as our data centres. 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 statement said that Facebook hoped to bring an open and innovative approach to finding renewable energy that fitted its needs and could move energy markets forward.
“We do this by working to enable access to renewable energy resources for other companies and organisations by building infrastructure, opening projects to other buyers or establishing green tariffs, which allow customers to buy renewable energy from their local utilities,” said the statement.
In 2015, the social media company set a goal of supporting half of its facilities with renewable energy by 2018. It achieved that goal a year early, reaching 51% clean and renewable energy in 2017.
Last year, Facebook pledged its support for climate action by supporting the Paris Agreement through the We Are Still In initiative.