Green Power Partnership
|Location||Mountain View, CA|
|Organization Type||Technology & Telecom|
|Percentage Green Power||31.7%|
|Percent of Green Power Use Third-Party Certified (excluding On-site)||100%|
|Awards/Recognition||Partner of the Year 2011|
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Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. The company works hard to minimize the environmental impact of its services and has been a carbon neutral company since 2007. Google builds some of the world’s most energy efficient data centers; its facilities consume 50 percent less energy than a typical data center. Google also procures large volumes of renewable power. As of September 2013, the company has signed five long-term agreements for more than 570 megawatts (MW) of wind energy, which is enough energy to power approximately 170,000 U.S. households. For any emissions Google cannot eliminate directly, it purchases high quality carbon offsets -- which brings its total carbon footprint to zero. Google also has committed over $1 billion to renewable energy projects. When added up, these projects represent a total capacity of over 2 gigawatts (GW), which is far more electricity than Google uses. To put this in context, this electricity is equivalent to that consumed by more than 500,000 U.S. homes.