Google's CEO Sundar Pichai
Google's CEO Sundar Pichai.

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  • Google says it has offset all of its historical carbon emissions.
  • Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, said the tech giant is aiming to run all of its business on carbon-free energy by 2030.
  • Google’s commitments to carbon-free energy will create 12,000 jobs by 2025, he said.
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Google announced Monday that it has offset all its historical carbon emmissions, claiming to be the first major company to do so.

The tech giant's CEO Sundar Pichai says it has offset all the carbon it has ever produced since it first launched in 1998. In a blog post on Monday, he said Google is aiming to run all of its campuses and data centers entirely on carbon-free energy by 2030, which is the company's "biggest sustainability moonshot yet."

Pichai said that the multinational internet firm will pair wind with solar power sources, increase battery storage, and use artificial intelligence to optimize its electricity demand and forecasting. These measures will create 12,000 jobs by 2025, he said.

Google's other sustainability commitments include helping 500 cities across the world reduce annual carbon emissions by a total of 1 gigaton by 2030, as well as investing in manufacturing regions to enable 5 gigawatts of new carbon-free energy.

Google's efforts to reduce and eliminate its carbon footprint echo those of other large technology companies. Apple and Microsoft have set targets to become carbon neutral by 2030, and Amazon is aiming for 2040.

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