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Facebook Renews Climate Change Commitment, Targets Zero Emissions By 2030

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Facebook is renewing its climate change plans. It is committing to slash greenhouse gases and invest in enough renewable energy and offsets to cancel out carbon dioxide emissions from its global operations this year.


The social media giant also set a more ambitious target of reaching net-zero emissions for its supply chain, employee commuting, and business travel by 2030.


The company will invest in renewable energy projects and initiatives that capture and store carbon dioxide to reach its new pledge to reach “net zero” carbon emissions.


Facebook is not the only tech company with climate commitments. Netflix has investments in renewable energy to offset its electricity use, however, it didn’t set goals for future zero emissions. Apple wants to reduce its emissions to net-zero by 2030, while Amazon has set the same goals for 2040.

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Google, however, has been canceling out its carbon emissions with offsets since 2007. It also announced plans to become the first major company to power its operations with carbon-free energy by 2030. This is as opposed to relying on purchasing carbon credits and offsets.


Also, Facebook has been reducing its emissions, leaving a smaller carbon footprint than Google. According to its sustainability reports, Facebook’s data centers, and offices generated roughly 251,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2019 compared to 616,000 in 2017. It also has a smaller carbon footprint than Google, which released 4.4 million metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2018 from its operations.


Facebook also launched a Climate Science Information Center for users in the US, Germany, the UK, and France; with plans to make the information center available to more countries in the future.


The Facebook Climate Science Information Center will include information from reputable sources on climate change. Sources will include the United Nations panel of climate scientists, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


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