Google’s Environmental Report
At Google, our values reflect the fundamental importance of inclusion, openness, science, and commitment to the environment. Operating our business in an environmentally sustainable way has been a core value from the beginning.
Shortly after I joined the company, we moved to our Mountain View office in California (“Building Zero”). Our desks were made of repurposed materials — simple wooden planks on tripods. Larry and Sergey, Google’s founders, made sure the paints and carpets were free of harmful chemicals. Through many other efforts over subsequent years, we improved Google’s environmental performance as our company grew.
Eighteen years later, environmental sustainability is still our touchstone. We’ve been carbon neutral since 2007. Our Geo team is using machine learning and cloud computing to build a living, breathing dashboard for the planet. And in 2017 Google will reach 100% renewable energy for our global operations — a landmark moment for our company that also makes good business sense; over the long term, we gain visibility into our electricity expenses and cost-competitive rates.
While we’ve reported our carbon footprint and published information on our sustainability programs for many years in white papers, blog posts, and on our website, we haven’t put it all together until now. This report is a chance for us to reflect on what we’ve achieved so far, the lessons we’ve learned along the way, and the opportunities and challenges we see ahead. We hope you’re as excited as we are to see all our work in one place.
We’re more committed to the environment than ever and believe that businesses, governments, and citizens all have critical roles to play to ensure that we all have clean air, water, and soil, as well as healthy forests. Ultimately, we want Google to provide a platform for our users to change the world. We’ve only just begun.
Senior Vice President of Technical Infrastructure