Facebook has promised to use only wind and solar energy to power its global tech operations in a major drive to cut its emissions by the end of the decade.
The world’s largest social media group said it plans to cut the greenhouse gas emissions from its energy-intensive data centres by using only renewable power by the end of 2020.
The tech titan raised its clean energy ambition after beating its target to support 50pc of its facilities with renewable energy by 2018 a year early.
By cleaning up its energy use Facebook hopes to slash its greenhouse gas emissions to a quarter of where they are today.
Technology giants are increasingly taking up the global fight against climate change to combat their growing carbon footprint of their data centres.
Last year 62pc of Facebook’s total greenhouse gas emissions were due to data centres alone, most of which are found on the west coast of the US in Oregon.
Facebook’s clean power pledge follows similar promises from rivals including Google which became one of Silicon Valley’s earliest renewable energy adopters after pledging to source its own clean power in 2012.
The search giant announced last year that it has achieved its goal of using 100pc renewable energy, by becoming one the world’s largest corporate buyers of wind and solar power.
By last year it had secured wind and solar power projects totalling 2.6GW and will continue to grow the portfolio as its energy use increases.
Facebook said it has signed contracts for more than 3GW of new solar and wind energy, of which more than 2.5GW were clinched in just the past 12 months alone.
“All of these wind and solar projects are new and on the same grid as our data centers,” the company said. “That means that each of these projects brings jobs, investment and a healthier environment to the communities that host us — from Prineville, Oregon, and Los Lunas, New Mexico, to Henrico, Virginia, and Luleå, Sweden.”
The demand for corporate renewable energy deals has been quick to spring up in the US but in Europe these so-called ‘power purchase agreements’ have been slower to come forward.
Renewable energy developers expect that major technology companies may begin funding their projects before the end of the decade.