Our Progress

Our efforts are designed to help us all get the most out of technology, without using more resources.

Overview

Creating efficient data centers, accelerating our transition to carbon-free energy, creating sustainable workplaces, building better devices and services, and empowering users with technology help ensure a cleaner, healthier future for generations to come.

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Learn how we are operating our business in an environmentally sustainable way.

Carbon-free energy

Accelerating the transition to carbon-free energy.

In 2007, we became carbon neutral and in 2017, we became the first company of our size to match 100% of our electricity consumption with renewable energy. Today, we are the world’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy. We’re carving a path forward to fully decarbonize our electricity supply and operate on 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030.

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Spurring over $7 billion of investment worldwide

5.5GW
5.5 GW (or 5,500 MW) of renewable energy projects under contract around the world

Data Centers

Efficient data centers help us better serve our users, in a more sustainable way.

For more than a decade, we’ve worked to make Google data centers some of the most efficient in the world by designing, building, and operating each one to maximize efficient use of energy, water, and materials, improving their environmental performance even as demand for our products has risen.

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In 2018, we diverted 87% of waste from our global data center operations away from landfills.
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On average, a Google data center is twice as energy efficient as a typical enterprise data center

Workplaces

Creating sustainable workplaces is good for people and the environment.

We focus on the user when we’re designing products, and we focus on our employees when we’re creating the healthiest possible workplaces.

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Tracking data and making adjustments in our cafés has helped us prevent over 3 million kilograms (6.6 million pounds) of food waste since 2014.
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By using our Google shuttle buses in the Bay Area in 2018, we saved more than 40,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions equivalent—that’s like taking 8,760 cars off the road every work day.

Devices & Services

Building products that will leave people, the planet, and our communities better than we found them.

Integrating sustainability into our products, operations and communities is an ongoing endeavor that involves designing in sustainability from the start and embedding it into the entire product development process, all while creating the products our customers want.

To date, we’ve shipped millions of devices made with post-consumer recycled plastic.

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100% of all shipments going to or from customers will be carbon neutral by 2020

Empowering technology

Empowering users with technology means we can do more, together.

We meet the challenges posed by climate change by working to empower everyone—businesses, governments, nonprofit organizations, communities, and individuals—to use Google technology to create a more sustainable world.

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Since 2015, Project Sunroof has mapped more than 107 million rooftops in 21,500 cities across the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Argentina, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, and Australia.

Supplier Responsibility

A responsible supply chain isn't just the right thing to do for people and the planet — it's also good for business.

We're committed to minimizing our environmental impact and improving the lives of all people who make our products. We expect the highest ethical standards throughout our supply chain and promote meaningful social change at supplier sites and nearby communities.

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Learn about our supplier responsibility program

2019 Responsible Supply Chain Report

  • Supplier Code of Conduct

    Supplier Code of Conduct

    We created the Google Supplier Code of Conduct to ensure that our high standards for protecting workers and the environment are upheld by every supplier involved in our operations. It builds upon Google’s core values and beliefs as well as our internal employee Code of Conduct, safety standards, environmental standards, and contract requirements.

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  • Conflict Minerals Policy

    Conflict Minerals Policy

    Most electronics contain tantalum, tin, tungsten and/or gold. These metals can be sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries where a decades-long civil war is being waged and where various groups are fighting to control the mineral trade. We believe it is essential to establish in-region conflict-free sources of these metals to protect human rights.

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  • Supply Chain Report

    Supply Chain Report

    We work with more than 500 suppliers worldwide to manufacture hardware components for our data centers, consumer devices, and other related products. We are committed to ethical and fair treatment for workers, safe and healthy workplaces and a smaller environmental footprint.

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  • Statement Against Modern Slavery

    Statement Against Modern Slavery

    “Modern slavery” – recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion – is estimated to involve as many as 40 million victims today. We are committed to ensuring that modern slavery is not taking place in our supply chains and business operations, and have developed programs and processes to accomplish exactly that.

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