Facebook today announced two sustainability and renewable energy milestones. As of 2020, Facebook’s global operations are supported by 100 per cent renewable energy and have reached net zero emissions. In the last three years, greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 94 per cent, exceeding the company’s 75 per cent reduction goal set in 2018.
Facebook also announced a new partnership with CleanMax, India’s leading B2B renewable energy provider today. This agreement will support Facebook’s sustainability ambitions in India with renewable power from wind and solar facilities, supplying renewable power into India’s electrical grid in states where Facebook facilities are also present.
The first project to be brought online in the agreement is a 32MW wind project located in Karnataka, India. While CleanMax will own and operate the projects, Facebook will provide long-term support by committing to purchase 100 per cent of the environmental attribute certificates (EACs) from the projects for years to come.
“At Facebook, we understand the challenges we face due to climate change and are keen to help address this issue in APAC. Our global commitment to renewable energy has resulted in an estimated US$8 billion in project investment, supporting tens of thousands of jobs during construction, including on-site infrastructure and installation as well as along the global supply chain to produce solar panels and wind turbines and towers. Facebook is one of the largest corporate buyers of renewable energy globally and our partners in the region have played an instrumental role in helping us drive towards a more sustainable future for APAC.”Dan Neary, Vice President, APAC at Facebook.
In Singapore, Facebook has renewable energy partnerships with Sunseap Group, Terrenus Energy, and Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp). Announced in 2018 and currently under construction, Facebook’s data center in Singapore is being designed from the ground up with new features to minimize the use of water, energy, and land. Once operational, the data center will be 100 per cent supported by renewable energy. The company has set a goal to reach net zero emissions for the value chain in 2030.