Google was part of the recent seventh Clean Energy Ministerial, known as CEM7. Energy ministers from around the world discussed how to achieve the goals set in the Paris climate change deal and to see some of the innovations coming out of Silicon Valley to tackle the issue head on, according to a post on the Google Green Blog.
Mars Hanna, who works for Google in Global Energy Policy and Strategy, wrote: “A number of ministers embarked on a fact-finding mission that included Google where they came to learn at first hand about our approach and commitment to clean energy and the climate. Google Senior Vice President for Technical Infrastructure Urs Hölzle told the group that renewable energy is critical for businesses like ours - from powering our data centers to our products and services.
“Having pioneered some of the first corporate renewable power purchasing back in 2010-2011, we’re excited to see that this is becoming business-as-usual for companies everywhere. And at Google we continue to be committed to 100% renewable energy because this makes good business sense and is the right thing to do for the planet and for our users.
“The group got the opportunity to see first hand a number of projects aimed at everything from helping people make smart choices about solar power to how we power our data centers with renewable energy, and from advancing new approaches to wind power to helping consumers save energy in the home and the benefits of self driving cars.”