The company announced plans to replenish more water than it consumes by 2030, among other goals.
Google on Thursday announced new water management goals for the company, citing the global water crisis challenges posed by climate change. the promise is as followsTo reach carbon neutrality, which saw the company eventually reach a lifetime net carbon footprint of zero .
Google Sustainability Officer Kate Brandt wrote in a blog post published Thursday, “Building on this commitment, we are committed to a water management goal of filling more water than we consume by 2030 and water security in communities.” support.” “This means Google will replenish, on average, 120% of the water we consume in our offices and data centers.”
Brandt says Google’s focus is on better water management at Google facilities, better replenishment in local water systems and water-stressed communities, and sharing technology and tools to prevent and overcome water stress around the world. will be focused. Brandt points to the current efforts to use stormwater and reclaimed wastewater in place of fresh water at Google facilities wherever possible, as well as the development of new irrigation strategies in the San Francisco Bay Area—hopefully. Google will continue to push forward with such initiatives, Brandt says.
Other recent steps of note, Brandt says, include efforts to work with the Colorado River Indian Tribe Project in Ireland to reduce the amount of water drawn from the Lake Mead Reservoir, as well as to improve water quality in Dublin Bay. Efforts are being made to install rainwater harvesting systems. . Google also points to a partnership with the United Nations Environment Program and the European Commission’s Joint Research Center to track water change over time on a global scale.
“Communities, policy makers and planners need tools to measure and predict water availability and water needs,” Brandt wrote. “We are dedicated to working with partners to make those tools and technologies universally accessible.”