Facebook announced today that the social media company will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 75% and power its global operations with 100% renewable energy by the end of 2020.
Facebook is on track to be one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy. Since its first purchase of wind power in 2013, Facebook has signed contracts for over 3 GW of new solar and wind energy, including more than 2,500 MW in just the past 12 months.
“We are proud of the impact our renewable energy program is having on local communities and the market in general,” Facebook said in a blog post. “All of these wind and solar projects are new and on the same grid as our data centers. That means that each of these projects brings jobs, investment and a healthier environment to the communities that host us — from Prineville, Oregon; and Los Lunas, New Mexico; to Henrico, Virginia; and Lulea, Sweden.”
Facebook had previously set a goal in 2015 of supporting 50% of its facilities with renewable energy by 2018. The company achieved that goal in 2017, one year early.
Last year, Facebook pledged its support for climate action by supporting the Paris Agreement through the We Are Still In initiative.
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