Google announces investments in clean energy
Google announces investments in clean energy and green technology
Paris, Tuesday 19 June: Google Inc. today set out its strategy to help build a cleaner energy future. This plan will enable the company to go carbon neutral by 2008 and help support environmental innovation that could ultimately benefit everyone.
Key components of the strategy include:
Leveraging its assets to make an impact
beyond the business.
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Eric Schmidt, Chairman and Chief Executive of Google said:
"Innovation goes to the heart of what Google does. By investing in new technologies and by working in partnership with others we can make a meaningful contribution to the environment. This is just a start. We are actively looking for more opportunities to help tackle climate change."
Urs Hoelzle, Senior Vice President,
Operations and Google Fellow said:
"Overall the Internet is a relatively clean technology: sending an email or downloading an album has less impact than posting a letter or buying a CD. And by maximising our energy efficiency, creating an additional 50 MWs of renewable energy generating capacity and investing in innovative green technology Google will help build a cleaner energy future."
Dr. Steve Howard, Chief Executive of The Climate Group said:
"The ominous threats posed by global warming demand bold, imaginative and far-reaching action by every sector of the economy. Google's commitment to invest in environmental innovation, combined with their 'worldwide' reach, will significantly help promote and accelerate international action on climate change."
Carter Roberts, President of the World Wildlife Fund in the US said:
"Google, not surprisingly, innovates to address an issue that affects almost every person, place and animal on the planet. In the last quarter, the company put in place the single largest solar installation of any US corporation, committed to buying 50 MW of renewable energy and worked with WWF, Intel and other industry leaders to develop and launch the Climate Savers Computing Initiative to move carbon reductions broadly through its sector."