Reducing the environmental impact of cloud infrastructure

We've neutralized all of our carbon emissions since our founding in 1998 and matched 100% of our electricity consumption with renewable energy purchases since 2017—including the electricity to power Google Cloud. Going forward, we’re aiming to operate on clean energy, every hour and in every region by 2030.

Maximizing the reuse of resources across our operations

We’re embedding circular economy principles into our cloud infrastructure and server management processes. We reuse materials multiple times, refurbish and remanufacture hardware to reduce the amount of waste we generate, and we're finding better disposal options like recycling and reselling. 

Sourcing renewable energy for a better future

Google is one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy in the world, and we have a high bar for the type of renewable energy we buy through power purchase agreements. We strive to buy from projects that are new to the grid, which will replace and reduce the amount of non-renewable energy on that grid.

Building smarter, more efficient data centers

Most data centers use almost as much energy on non-computing tasks—cooling, power conversion, etc.—as they do to power their servers. We've reduced this “overhead” to 11%. Using our machine learning capabilities and recommendations, we’ve reduced the electricity required to cool our servers by 30%.

87%

waste diverted from landfills

100%

renewable energy for all cloud regions

50%

less energy than average data centers

1.11

Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)

Technology that helps you do more for the planet

We meet the challenges posed by climate change and the need for resource efficiency by working to empower everyone—businesses, governments, nonprofit organizations, communities, and individuals—to use Google technology to create a more sustainable world.

“With its positive approach to open source and its promise of 100% renewable energy for its data centers by the end of 2017, Google Cloud really aligned with our company ethics.”

Ryan Kerry, Global Head of Engineering and Technology, Lush

Run applications with zero net emissions

By moving an application from a self-managed data center or collocation facility to Google Cloud, the net operational emissions from running that application will be zero.

Sustainable productivity and collaboration tools

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%.

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.

Decisions with business and planet in mind

From Google Earth to BigQuery GIS, data users have access to rich datasets about the natural environment. Combined with Google Cloud compute power, AI, and analytics tools, customers are more empowered than ever to make smarter decisions about the earth's resources.