"To plan 24/7 hourly being carbon-free in our data centers and campuses around the world, we see an enormous logistics challenge, which is why we've been hard at work modeling the a year ago how to get there", Pichai explained.
We are committed to doing our part.
The "stretch goal", as CEO Sundar Pichai explained it, will require Google to relocation beyond the tech market standard of balancing out carbon emissions from electrical power usage and need technological and political developments to attain. Google should be more or less aware of the impact of its operations from its founding until it became a carbon neutral operation in 2007, and hopefully its claim that it has purchased high-quality offsets means that a lot of meaningful projects got a sound investment to eliminate whatever that figure was.
Apart from this, Google will continue to offset carbon emissions that are unrelated to electricity use, such as that generated from employee travel.
Solar, wind, and other renewable sources represented 61 % of Google's global hourly electricity consumption previous year.
The company now aims to only use carbon-free energy to run its data centers, campuses and businesses worldwide at all times by 2030. This means that Google's lifetime net carbon footprint is now zero.
Speaking on the matter, Pichai stated that Google will continue to "support everyone" with its clouds services, and to also help oil and gas companies to tap into other sources of energy.
"And we're working on ways to apply AI (artificial intelligence) to optimise our electricity demand and forecasting."he added".
Google's data centres still use energy produced with fossil fuel, but the company offsets these routinely with carbon credits.
The Google CEO said this would create 10,000 "green jobs" in the first five years alone.
Its carbon-free electricity goal satisfies one demand of 2,000 Google employees who in November past year petitioned the firm to stop selling data storage and other cloud computing tools to oil companies and funding think tanks who deny the existence of climate change. It believes its environmental efforts will create 12,000 jobs by 2025.
In January, Microsoft announced its plans to become carbon-negative by 2030, while Apple announced plans to go carbon neutral in all its operations by 2030. However, Google has revealed that it will help develop 5 GW of new carbon-free energy sources by 2030 in places where its resources need clean energy, so this loophole will hopefully be closed very soon.
"We're also committing to help more than 500 cities and local governments globally reduce a total of 1 gigaton of carbon emissions annually by 2030 - that's the equivalent of the annual carbon emissions of a country the size of Japan".