Facebook’s 2020 Environmental Sustainability Report Indicates Significant Progress for the Social Media Platform

Corporate world tend to use the lion’s share of energy globally, so the more corporations that try to reduce the emissions that come from energy consumption and switch to renewable forms of energy, the more likely it might be that we will be able to stave off any kind of climate catastrophe in the future.

In an attempt to show some kind of accountability in this regard, Facebook started releasing an environmental sustainability report on a yearly basis. It turns out that the social media giant has done really well here. It had set a goal to reduce its carbon emissions by 75% based on the 2017 emission rate, and the social media giant has managed to outdo its already lofty ambitions by bringing emissions down 94% from 2017 levels.

The company is currently generating 5.9 gigawatts of energy through renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power, and what’s more is that Facebook is working to help areas where there is a lower than required amount of water as well. Facebook’s water conservation efforts have been quite solid, enabling the company to store 5.8 million cubic meters of water in these regions which can go a long way towards reducing the impact that water scarcity can have on such locales.

On top of all of this, Facebook incorporated energy usage by people working from home in its reports as well. This marks the first time that such a thing has been done, and it indicates that Facebook might genuinely be pursuing a more environmentally conscious business model since removing work from home statistics from the data can be an easy way of making the numbers seem a lot more positive than they actually are. More companies should start looking into following similar practices to become more sustainable and prevent the rapid onset of climate change.

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