The leading social media platform commits itself to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 75 per cent in the same time frame.
Facebook announced that all power to its global operations is going to come from renewable energy sources by the end of 2020. The social media giant states that they are on track to be one of the largest corporate purchases of renewable energy.
This year, Facebook signed contracts on 2,5 gigawatts of new solar and wind energy, which makes the total purchases of renewables 3 GW. The most recent development that Dominion Energy has bought solar facilities to build energy farms with a total capacity of 350 MW in North Carolina and Virginia, which will supply Facebook installations.
Facebook pledged its support for the Paris Agreement in 2018. The company made the first commitment towards renewable energy in 2015 when they set a goal of supplying energy to half of the facilities through renewables. This goal was allegedly met by 2017.
The global network of data centres and other infrastructure of Facebook consumes an astonishing amount of energy. The consumption of the social network has grown to almost five-fold from 2011 to 2017, to 2,46 terawatt hours.