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Google Announces Five Of It’s Largest Data Centres Now Run On 90% Renewable Power!

Sun Apr 25 2021

$4bn is what Microsoft have committed so far to wind and solar solutions

Five of Googles biggest data centres around the world, based in Denmark, Finland, Iowa, Oklahoma and Oregon are now 90% powered by carbon-free energy according to their latest release.

They’re also working with David Attenborough and former CEO Bill Gates to create a series of YouTube videos focused on climate change.

The company’s hope is that within the next ten years all of their data centres, cloud regions and offices around the world will be powered by clean electricity 24/7.

 

As of the date of this article, Microsoft have already committed over $4bn on the purchase of clean electricity and its technologies. That’s from more than fifty wind and solar projects set to run till at least 2034.

Many of these projects are live now.

They’re also working on to move data centre generation to run on batteries, as well as pushing through plans tor a time-based energy tracking system that would let all Microsoft customers select the lowest carbon regions for their services.

 

In 2019 it was estimated that Data Centres were responsible for around 1% of the world’s electricity needs as they’re so energy intensive to run and that figure is only set to increase as time goes on, hence the drive towards low-carbon emissions.

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Microsoft want to lead by example in our operations in order to help build a carbon-free future for all. Our carbon-free goal is as ambitious as other moonshots like building a quantum computer or developing a self-driving car. I've never been more optimistic about our collective ability - as governments, companies and individuals — to come together and chart a more sustainable path forward for our planet.

Sundar Pichai – CEO, Google and Alphabet

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The announcement from Microsoft comes alongside it’s new content schedule of YouTube videos featuring Bill Gates, Sir David Attenborough and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

The new series on YouTube Originals will focus on the climate crisis, with possible solutions and will be called ‘Seat At The Table’ and will seek to highlight the devastating impact climate change is having worldwide, whilst confronting some of the most powerful people on the planet at the COP26 Climate Summit this year and demanding change from them. 

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Climate change presents a variety of enormous, complicated challenges that urgently need the world's attention and collective action. In line with Google's long-standing commitment to climate action, YouTube is proud to announce key partnerships and a growing slate of Originals that will provide our massive global audiences access to compelling content with a focus on sustainability. We are committed to producing even more projects that can inform viewers, inspire action, and ultimately improve our chances of making a more sustainable future for our planet.

Susanne Daniels - Global Head of Original Content, YouTube

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