Fb introduced at the moment that it exceeded considered one of its greatest environmental objectives: it managed to slash its greenhouse fuel emissions by 94 p.c in 2020. It had beforehand pledged to chop planet-heating emissions by 75 p.c. The corporate mentioned that it had additionally achieved its aim of “internet zero emissions” — not placing any extra emissions into the environment than it could take out.
Fb additionally introduced that it had achieved one other aim: it now purchases sufficient renewable power to cowl 100 p.c of its international operations, which incorporates its workplaces and information facilities. However that doesn’t imply that each one of its operations are literally powered by renewables like photo voltaic and wind power — at the least not but.
Renewable power is on the rise, however most electrical energy grids nonetheless depend on fossil fuels. When corporations can’t buy sufficient renewable power from utilities as a result of there isn’t sufficient provide, they purchase renewable power certificates that sign that the corporate invested in renewable power initiatives someplace. These initiatives may be situated wherever, and certificates have been offered for thus low-cost that critics say they don’t really lead to more renewable energy generation. Fb additionally depends on renewable power certificates, nevertheless it focuses on signing long-term contracts to assist the development of latest photo voltaic and wind developments in the identical locations the place it operates. It’s invested in 63 new renewable power initiatives situated on the identical electrical grids as its information facilities.
Its subsequent goal is to succeed in internet zero emissions by 2030 for its total provide chain and different oblique emissions that come from issues like worker journey and commuting. To hit that aim, Fb says that it developed environmental requirements for its suppliers. It additionally plans to rely extra closely on rising applied sciences that draw carbon dioxide out of the air.
Fb has not too long ago additionally tried to restrict misinformation about local weather change on its platform. Final yr, it launched a “Local weather Science Data Middle” in some international locations. Within the UK this yr, it began including a label to some posts about local weather change that redirect individuals to its data middle. All of it comes on the heels of criticism from activists and policymakers over how misinformation about local weather change festered on the positioning, together with one high-profile case of Fb reversing a “false” ranking that its fact-checkers gave to an op-ed based mostly on inaccurate data.
“We all know the following 10 years would be the defining time for discount in greenhouse fuel emissions and that now we have a job to play on this effort — each as a platform that connects individuals to data and as a world firm that helps local weather motion,” Fb’s director of renewable power, Urvi Parekh, wrote in a blog at the moment.