Google are set to reach 100% renewable energy in 2017. You should too.
In December 2016, Google announced that they are set to reach 100% renewable energy to power everything such as their offices and server farms. Here are some pretty impressive stats:
Every year people search Google trillions of times and upload over 400 hours of YouTube every minute! All of that takes a very large amount of processing power which means a lot of electricity is needed.
“I’m thrilled to announce that in 2017 Google will reach 100% renewable energy for our global operations — including both our data centers and offices. We were one of the first corporations to create large-scale, long-term contracts to buy renewable energy directly; we signed our first agreement to purchase all the electricity from a 114-megawatt wind farm in Iowa, in 2010. Today, we are the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable power, with commitments reaching 2.6 gigawatts (2,600 megawatts) of wind and solar energy. That’s bigger than many large utilities and more than twice as much as the 1.21 gigawatts it took to send Marty McFly back to the future.”
Urs Hölze, Google’s Senior Vice President of Technical Infrastructure
Alpaka.io is an eco-friendly company. We all live in Northampton, UK, but our office is based in Milton Keynes, roughly 20 miles away. Every work day we cycle to the train station, take the train and cycle to the office in the city centre. The other benefits of cycling are that it is quick to get to the shops in the centre and you do not have the hassle trying to find a parking space for your car. And of course keeping us fit!
Google operates in an environmentally sustainable way which is one of its core values since its founding. This is a very good value and one we should all follow. Whatever your thoughts are on global warming, we all know that pollution is a bad thing for us and the environment.
If you follow Alpaka.io’s social media, you will know that we promote health and wellbeing. Like Google, we also have a healthy workplace in an open plan office where there are communal areas, an area to relax on beanbags, large shared desks, a presentation theatre and meeting rooms.
Milton Keynes, where we are located, is also a smart city. Currently, if you own an electric car, you receive free parking in the centre and the average cost of plugging your car into the charge points is £22 a month. That is a big saving on the cost of petrol!
Science tells us that tackling climate change is an urgent worldwide issue and that we must take steps in doing our own individual bit for the environment.
You can find out more what Google are doing for the environment here:
Sustainability is part of everything we do at Google. We are committed to renewable energy, efficient operations, and…environment.google
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