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1998

Sustainability has been a core value since our founding.

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2007

For the first time, we purchased enough high-quality carbon offsets for the emissions that we couldn’t reduce directly, bringing our net annual emissions to zero.

Learn about our carbon offsets
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2010

We were the first tech company to buy renewable energy at scale through PPAs, helping increase the availability of clean energy while driving down the price.

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A power purchase agreement, or PPA, is a contract to buy power from a particular facility over a period of time at a negotiated price.
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Learn more about our first PPA

2017

We were the first company of our size to match 100% of our electricity use with renewable energy, and we’ve repeated it every year since.

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What do we mean by matching renewable energy? For every kilowatt hour of electricity we consumed across the globe, we purchased a kilowatt hour of renewable energy.
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Read about our road to 100% renewable energy
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2019

We made the largest corporate purchase of renewable energy of its time — a 1.6 GW package of 18 new energy deals — becoming the world’s largest annual corporate purchaser of renewable energy.

See how we’re using renewable energy

2020

We became the first major company to neutralize our entire legacy carbon emissions.

Learn more about our third decade of climate action
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Setting the pace on climate action

We were the first major company to achieve carbon neutrality and match 100% of our annual electricity use with renewable energy.

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Carbon neutrality means that the carbon emissions caused by something is balanced out by supporting the reduction of an equivalent amount of carbon savings elsewhere in the world.
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Renewable energy is collected from sources that are naturally replenished, such as wind and solar.
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Working together to create a carbon-free future for everyone.

Taking collective action on climate

Our 24/7 carbon-free energy program aims to eliminate emissions associated with our operational electricity use and run on clean energy every hour of every day by 2030.

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If an energy source is carbon-free, it generates no carbon emissions. This includes carbon-free technologies like large-scale battery storage and carbon capture, as well as renewable resources.
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2021

We signed the world’s first corporate agreement for next-generation geothermal energy.

Learn more about this geothermal power project
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2022

By 2022, we're committed to offering 1 billion people new ways to live more sustainably via our core products.

See how we're helping everyone make more sustainable choices

2025

20,000 clean energy jobs will have been supported by Google’s carbon-free energy contracts, clean technology partnerships, and other steps taken to achieve 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030.

Read more about our commitments

2030

Carbon-free energy 24/7

As we continue to learn and collaborate on ways to achieve our goals — such as harnessing next-generation geothermal energy and implementing carbon-intelligent computing — we hope to show that a carbon-free future is achievable for everyone.

Our latest efforts