Alphabet Inc’s Google aims to replenish 20% more water than its offices and data centers use by 2030, the company said Thursday, addressing concerns about technology facilities consuming water amid record droughts. .
“We are committed to a water stewardship goal of replenishing more water than we consume by 2030 and supporting water security in the communities where we operate,” wrote Google’s sustainability director Kate Brandt in a blog post. https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/sustainability/replenishing-water. “This means that Google will replenish 120% of the water we consume, on average, in our offices and data centers.”
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Google consumed 3.4 billion gallons of water in 2019, its most recent disclosure. The company told Reuters it had not yet started tracking restocking rates. But he added that his 20% target reflects what is needed to return regions with high or extremely high water scarcity to a normal level.
Google uses water to cool stacks of computers in its data centers that store and process search queries, YouTube videos, and other data. Researchers have said https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/abfba1 Change is needed as climate change worsens droughts around the world. The Mountain View, California-based company’s data centers are located around the world.
Google plans to reach its new goal by using less water in its buildings and then helping with conservation in surrounding communities, starting with those where water is especially scarce.
Google’s new measures include harvesting rainwater for toilet flushing and funding the removal of water-hungry invasive plants. In Southern California, Google is even helping install toilet leak detection technology in low-income households to reduce waste and keep water cycling through plumbing systems.
Google will continue to help providers reduce consumption, he said.
Microsoft Corp a year ago and Facebook Inc last month announced targets to be positive water by 2030 without specifying a replenishment target.
Google said in September 2020 that it planned to run its offices and data centers on carbon-free energy 24 hours a day by 2030.