Facebook pledges to cut greenhouse gases as a boosts its climate commitments
Facebook today pledged to remove greenhouse gases and purchase enough renewable energy and offsets to cancel out carbon dioxide emissions from its global operations this year. The company however, still pumps out greenhouse gases.
The company’s new pledge to reach “net zero” carbon emissions puts it in motion to offset its global power consumption and planet-heating pollution by investing in renewable energy projects that capture and store carbon dioxide.
it’s announcement puts the company in the middle of the stage when it comes to climate commitments from Big Tech. Also, Netflix similarly invests in renewable energy to offset its electricity use but hasn’t set hard goals to zero out emissions in the future. Apple wants to cut down its emissions to net zero by 2030, and Amazon by 2040. In comparison, Google has been deleting out its carbon emissions with offsets since 2007 and announced yesterday that it plans to become the first major company to power its operations with carbon-free energy by 2030.
Facebook’s CO2 output has decreased every year since 2017 — and the company isn’t likely to pump out as much greenhouse gas pollution as companies producing gadgets or hardware. Facebook’s data centers and offices generated roughly 251,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases last year compared to 616,000 in 2017, according to its sustainability report.
Facebook also launched a “Climate Science Information Center” that’s available to users in the US, Germany, the UK, and France starting from today. It will soon bring the information center to more countries in the future. It’ll will have information from creditable sources like the United Nations panel of climate scientists and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
In August 2019, Facebook removed a “false” rating from an op-ed published by the Washington Examiner; an independent fact checker for Facebook had initially flagged the op-ed as “highly misleading” because it included inaccurate information and cherry-picked data on climate change.