Facebook has joined the list of companies that have publicly pledged to power their entire global operations on 100 percent renewable energy. The company committed in a blog post today that it’s going to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent and power its global operations with 100 percent renewable energy by the end of 2020.
Facebook also pointed out that it’s on track to be one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy. It made its first purchase of wind power back in 2013 and since signed contracts for more than 3 gigawatts of new solar and wind energy.
It further adds that all of these wind and solar projects are new and on the same grid as its data centers. This results in job creation from each of these projects in addition to environmental benefits.
It’s following up on the goal it set in 2015 to support 50 percent of its facilities with renewable energy by 2018. It ended up achieving this goal a year earlier as Facebook reached 51 percent clean and renewable energy use last year.
Facebook has already pledged its support for climate action by backing the Paris Agreement through the We Are Still In initiative. Its pledge to hit 100 percent renewable energy use is a part of that support.