Facebook Claims To Achieve Net Zero Emissions, Fully Renewable Energy For Its Global Operations


Social media giant Facebook has announced to achieve a major milestone in the fight against climate change. The company said that it met the goal of net zero emissions. In its 2020 Sustainability Report, Facebook said that it has also achieved the target of using fully renewable energy to keep its operations going worldwide. The report said that Facebook has cut greenhouse gas emissions by 94 percent in the last four years. It had set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent. The company in 2020 had set a new goal of achieving net zero emission by end of the decade.

The report said that Facebook’s renewable energy portfolio stands at 5.9 gigawatts. This includes both wind and solar projects. Its projects are spread across the world. It increased the portfolio to over 2.8 gigawatts in recent times. This includes 15 American states, Europe, and Asian countries. Facebook also said that it restored more than 5 million cubic meters of water in areas with high stress. Besides, it launched the Climate Science Information Center. The center is dedicated to authoritative information about climate science. Further, it invested in several projects to clean the atmosphere. The company also worked to remove carbon from the environment. It removed 145,000 metric tonnes of carbon to clean Earth’s atmosphere.

Facebook said that it also worked for reforestation in different parts of the world. It launched reforestation projects in East Africa and the Mississippi River Valley. Climate change is the biggest challenge the world is facing today. Facebook said that providing green technologies and accurate information to people is at the heart of the company. It vowed to work for addressing the crisis with governments and agencies. The menace due to human activities has direct consequences on the environment and health. It disrupts the food supply chain and poses more grave threats. Under the Paris Accord signed in 2016, more than 190 countries have agreed to limit global warming by 2 degrees Celsius.