Earlier this yr, we hosted an occasion in Brussels that introduced enterprise leaders, coverage makers and civil society collectively to debate methods to make sure EU renewable vitality coverage meets the altering wants of shoppers. Last week, we had been again in Brussels to proceed the dialogue at RE-Source, the biggest gathering within the EU to-date of corporations dedicated to purchasing renewable vitality to cowl their operations.

With 14 knowledge facilities on 4 continents and workplaces in 150 cities across the globe, Google consumes a variety of energy. And combating local weather change requires the world to transition to a clear vitality financial system. So we’ve made it a prime precedence not solely to grow to be extra vitality environment friendly but additionally to make sure that the vitality we buy comes from clear sources akin to renewables. We have additionally discovered that buying vitality from renewable sources additionally makes good enterprise sense, for 2 key causes:

  • The price to supply and deploy renewable vitality applied sciences like wind and photo voltaic has come down precipitously lately. In truth, in a rising variety of areas, renewable vitality is the most affordable type of vitality obtainable on the grid.
  • For these of us who handle a worldwide energy portfolio like many firms, renewable vitality contracts present monetary certainty and safety in opposition to fuel-price volatility.

Gary Demasi at RE SOURCE

Gary Demasi, Global Director of Data Center Energy and Location Strategy, throughout a fireplace chat with Sonja van Renssen, Co-founder, Energy Post, at RE-Source 2017

Google is the biggest company purchaser of renewable vitality on the planet. To date, we’ve signed contracts to buy 2.6 gigawatts (GW) of renewable vitality. In the EU alone, we’ve signed 669 MW of offers throughout 8 tasks in Sweden, Norway, and The Netherlands and we’re on observe to succeed in 100% renewable vitality for our operations in 2017—a serious milestone. You can learn extra about our world sustainability efforts within the 2017 progress replace of Google’s Environmental Report.

Despite this progress, many obstacles to buying renewable vitality nonetheless exist. The problem forward is to drive much more renewable buying and develop the scale of the market. The EU is at the moment contemplating a sequence of directives on clear vitality that present alternative to take away many of those obstacles.  We sit up for working with EU policymakers and different stakeholders to make sure these efforts maximize the chance to scale renewables throughout Europe. For us, reaching 100% renewable vitality buying on a worldwide and annual foundation is a vital milestone however we’re simply getting began. We wish to assist be certain that all vitality shoppers have a transparent and straightforward path to selecting renewable sources.

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