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Google Sustainability News, Milestones, Cloud Partnerships and Net Zero Timeline

June 12, 2024 by Joe Panettieri

Google, owned by Alphabet, is striving to achieve net zero emissions across all operations and value chain by 2030. At the same time, Google Cloud's goal is to run on carbon-free energy, 24/7, across all data centers by 2030. The overall effort includes cloud-centric sustainability partnerships.

Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google

Google's net zero efforts -- led by Chief Sustainability Officer Kate Brandt (pictured, top of page) -- don't end there. The company, driven by CEO Sundar Pichai, also develops cloud-based sustainability software tools for partners and customers to leverage. And the Google Startups for Sustainable Development program supports a global ecosystem of impact-focused startups. The program builds community and supports startups with advisors, funding, and platform technology.

The timeline below, updated regularly, further explains Google's sustainability strategy, key milestones, customer engagements, partner integrations and more. Check back regularly for updates.

June 2024: Sustainability Strategy Updates

May 2024: Sustainability Strategy Updates

Spencer Low
Spencer Low, head of sustainability, Asia Pacific, Google

Multiple updates...

  • Partnership - Cloud Services: Powerledger -- which develops software for tracking, tracing and trading renewable energy -- has earned the Google Cloud Ready - Sustainability Partner designation.
  • Cloud Services and Renewable Energy: Duke Energy is partnering with Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Nucor to explore carbon-free energy generation opportunities in North Carolina and South Carolina.
  • Startup Funding: New York-based EcoRatings, which has developed an AI-based sustainability ranking system, has raised $1 million in a pre-seed round from Google and India-based investors, CityBiz reported. EvolveX, a startup accelerator program run by We Founder Circle, first invested in the startup in December 2023, the report noted.
  • AI and Chromebooks: Google rolled out an array of new artificial intelligence and gaming features to its Chromebook Plus models, SeekingAlpha reported.
  • Partnership - AI and Low Carbon Data Center Designs: Purdue University and Google announced a sustainability partnership that involves leveraging AI to develop low-carbon industrial building designs -- such as data centers.
  • Up for Sale - Energy Management Software Business: mCloud, an energy management technology provider and Google Cloud partner, is seeking a buyer
  • Carbon Removal Credits: Google, Meta, Microsoft, and Salesforce have launched the Symbiosis Coalition, an "advance market commitment for nature-based removal credits in the voluntary carbon market."
  • Data Centers: A Google data center in Hamina -- located on the shores of the Gulf of Finland -- in 2025 will begin to provide sustainable heat to the local area. The effort, in partnership with city-owned energy provider Haminan Energia, is an "offsite heat recovery project to reduce" that will reduce Google's environmental footprint, as well as help warm homes and businesses in this historic port city," the company said.
  •  Leadership - Software: Google veteran Tim Collier has joined Scope3, a sustainability platform that seeks to decarbonize media and advertising, BusinessCloud reported. Collier will lead Scope3 business operations across the UK and Northern Europe, the report said.
  • Partnership - Cloud Software: RS Metrics and Cognizant are building various climate risk solutions atop Google Cloud. The software tools will "incorporate AI-driven methods for quantifying and analyzing climate risk, leveraging Google Cloud’s Gemini models as a foundation," the companies said.
  • Executive Leadership: The company hired Spencer Low as head of sustainability for Google's Asia Pacific region.
  • M&A - Home Energy Management: Google's Nest Renew Service and OhmConnect have completed a merger. The resulting company, Renew Home, develops a home energy management platform to help consumers optimize their energy consumption. Majority owner Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners invested $100 million into Renew Home, which focuses on so-called virtual power plants (VPPs).

April 2024: Sustainability Strategy and Partnerships

Multiple updates...

Amin Vhadat, Google
Amin Vhadat, Google

March 2024: Sustainability Strategy and Partnerships

  • Funding: Verrus, backed by Google parent Alphabet, has emerged from stealth mode to help customers solve data center scalability and sustainability challenges -- especially in the age of generative AI application workloads.
  • Satellites and Methane Emissions: MethaneSAT -- a new satellite backed by Google and the Environmental Defense Fund group -- launched from California with a mission to pinpoint oil and gas industry methane emissions from space, Reuters reported. SpaceX managed the launch.

More: Continue to the next page for additional Google sustainability strategy updates, and associated partner engagements.

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