Last 2015, Google promised to go full renewable by 2017. Next year is the deadline. How are they holding on with this commitment?
In Google’s environmental blog written by Urs Hölzle – Senior Vice President of Technical Infrastructure – Google claims to be the biggest buyer of renewable energy in the world.
For the time being, fossil fuels are still used by Google although the firm now admits that they already have enough energy to power up their offices and data centers which consumes about 5.7 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity.
Wind and solar energy sources cost went down to 60%-80% on the past six years which signifies that shifting to renewable energy is the more practical and economical option.
Google also vows to broaden their energy sources since wind turbines does not turn around throughout the whole day. The company will invest on other sources to meet the energy demand to run their offices 24/7.
Aside from helping the environment by spearheading this greener initiative, Google will also enjoy deduction in taxes by the US government. However, with the initial stance of president-elect Donald Trump, such tax is on the verge of doom.
Google, however, is not very worried whether they will receive tax incentives or not. While they also acknowledge the importance of these incentives, the lowering cost of renewable energy sources are coming down making budget woes lighter.
Despite a seemingly political demise, Google enjoys the support of various environmental groups across the globe.
Google has come up with the right answer: investing in renewable power is good for business and good for the planet.
– Alasdair Cameron (Friends of Earth [FoE] campaigner)
Shifting to renewable energy sources is already a trend among key cities, companies, and countries across the globe.
Google’s anticipated green achieve hopefully influence Trump’s wavering inclination of the Paris Climate Deal.