Announced Facebook Inc. today said it has exceeded one of its biggest environmental targets, as it was able to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 94 percent in 2020.
The company previously pledged to cut global warming emissions by 75 percent.
Facebook said: It has also achieved its goal of reaching net zero emissions, that is, putting no more emissions into the atmosphere than it can get rid of.
Facebook also announced that it has achieved another goal, as it now buys enough renewable energy to cover 100 percent of its global operations, which include its offices and data centers.
But this does not mean that all of its operations are powered by renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind energy, yet.
Although renewable energy is on the rise, most electricity grids are still dependent on fossil fuels.
And when companies cannot buy enough renewable energy from the facilities due to insufficient supplies, they buy renewable energy certificates that indicate that the company has invested in renewable energy projects somewhere.
The projects can be located anywhere, and the certificates have been sold so cheap that critics say they do not lead to more renewable energy generation.
Facebook also relies on renewable energy certificates, but is focusing on signing long-term contracts to support the construction of new solar and wind energy projects in the same places it operates in.
It has invested in 63 new renewable energy projects located across the same electrical grids, such as its data centers.
Facebook’s next goal is to reach net zero emissions by 2030 for the entire supply chain and other indirect emissions that come from things like: employee travel and mobility.
To achieve this goal, Facebook is developing environmental standards for its suppliers, and it plans to rely more on emerging technologies that pull carbon dioxide out of the air.
Facebook recently tried to limit erroneous information about climate change through its platform, and last year launched a Climate Science Information Center in some countries.
This year in the UK it started adding captions to some of the posts about climate change that were redirecting people to its information center.
All of this comes on the heels of criticism from activists and policymakers about how misinformation about climate change is spreading through its platform.
The director of renewable energy wrote on Facebook: The next ten years represent the exact time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and we have a role to play in this effort as a platform that connects people with information and as a global company that supports climate action.