Cloud sustainability

Reduce your environmental impact with Google Cloud.

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Operating the cleanest cloud in the industry

We've eliminated all of our carbon emissions since our founding in 1998, a first for any company our size. We’ve matched 100% of our electricity consumption with renewable energy purchases since 2017, which includes the electricity to power Google Cloud. And we recently committed to fully decarbonize our electricity supply by 2030 and operate on clean energy, every hour and in every region.
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Benefits for customers
You have many things to consider in the cloud platform you choose—its price, security, openness, and products. We believe you should consider the environment too. When you choose Google Cloud, your digital footprint is offset with clean energy, making your compute impact net zero.
Reduce compute emissions to zero
By moving compute from a self-managed data center or collocation facility to Google Cloud, the net emissions directly associated with your company's compute and data storage will be zero.
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Be productive and sustainable
Businesses that switched to Google Workspace products like Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Drive, and Meet have reported reductions in IT energy use and carbon emissions of 65% to 85%.
Responsible collaboration tools

Energy efficiency at high speed

Less energy-intensive learning
Machine learning workloads require complex computations which are typically energy intensive. Google Cloud TPUs are designed with energy efficiency in mind, specifically to accelerate deep learning workloads at higher teraflops per watt compared to general purpose processors.
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More energy-efficient archives
For cold data that you need to retain long term, Google not only powers that storage efficiently but efficiently serves that data at the speed of hot storage.
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Why Google Cloud?

Our commitment
Google is committed to purchasing enough renewable energy to match consumption for all of our operations globally. By 2030, we'll move beyond matching and offsets to fully decarbonize our electricity supply, once and for all.
Read about our progress
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Purchasing energy

At Google, we have a high bar for the type of renewable energy we buy through power purchase agreements. We strive to buy renewable energy from projects that are new to the grid, which will replace and reduce the amount of non-renewable energy on that grid. In fact, Google is the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world.
Learn more about how we make the grid greener
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Committing to 24/7 carbon-free energy

In many data center regions today, renewable energy isn't consistently available 24 hours a day. To address this, we buy a surplus of renewable energy in regions or hours when solar and wind power are abundant. On a global and annual basis, our renewable energy purchases zero out the entire carbon footprint of our electricity use. But we are committed to a future where each Google data center is always matched—around the clock—with carbon-free power.
Learn more about how we'll achieve a decarbonized electricity supply by 2030

Efficient data centers

Google Cloud is built for efficiency. Most data centers use almost as much non-computing or "overhead" energy (like cooling and power conversion) as they do to power their servers. At Google, we've reduced this overhead to only 11%.
Learn how we do it

Smarter data centers

Google's machine learning enables the analysis of massive amounts of operational data-center data to create actionable recommendations and automated controls and reduce the amount of electricity required to cool our servers by 30%.
Read how we use ML in our data centers
Waste
92% Waste diverted
18% of servers remanufactured
Energy
50% Less energy
1.11 PUE
Certifications
50001 ISO certification

Industry leadership

The race to build a green internet

Greenpeace report

The IT sector is a significant consumer of electricity and expected to grow exponentially into the future. How much renewable energy your cloud provider purchases depends on who you choose. Fortunately, Greenpeace benchmarks each cloud and gave Google an A rating in 2016.

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