Google says its energy use is 'an obsession'
Google is getting transparent about its energy use.
Search and advertising giant Google Inc. published data on its annual energy use and pollution this week, saying, “For the last decade, energy use has been an obsession.”
That’s not surprising at a company with the credo Don’t Be Evil and which, by its own accounts, polluted the atmosphere with 1.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide last year.
The Mountain View business (NASDAQ: GOOG) added a new section called “The Big Picture” to its existing “Google Green” site with the information.
In 2010, Google says it got 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar. It guesses that will rise to 30 percent this year and aims to hit 35 percent in 2012. Google tries to buy electricity directly from wind farms near its data centers.
Google encourages its many workers to suggest ways to cut pollution, whether by installing solar panels on company buildings or setting up bike-to-work programs. The company then helps expand those programs to other facilities.
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