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Facebook reaches sustainability goal with 100% renewable energy

Announces new partnership with leading renewable energy provider in India

Facebook today announced two sustainability and renewable energy milestones. As of 2020, Facebook’s global operations are supported by 100 per cent renewable energy and have reached net zero emissions. In the last three years, greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 94 per cent, exceeding the company’s 75 per cent reduction goal set in 2018. 

Facebook also announced a new partnership with CleanMax, India’s leading B2B renewable energy provider today. This agreement will support Facebook’s sustainability ambitions in India with renewable power from wind and solar facilities, supplying renewable power into India’s electrical grid in states where Facebook facilities are also present.

The first project to be brought online in the agreement is a 32MW wind project located in Karnataka, India. While CleanMax will own and operate the projects, Facebook will provide long-term support by committing to purchase 100 per cent of the environmental attribute certificates (EACs) from the projects for years to come.

“At Facebook, we understand the challenges we face due to climate change and are keen to help address this issue in APAC. Our global commitment to renewable energy has resulted in an estimated US$8 billion in project investment, supporting tens of thousands of jobs during construction, including on-site infrastructure and installation as well as along the global supply chain to produce solar panels and wind turbines and towers. Facebook is one of the largest corporate buyers of renewable energy globally and our partners in the region have played an instrumental role in helping us drive towards a more sustainable future for APAC.” - Dan Neary, Vice President, APAC at Facebook.

In Singapore, Facebook has renewable energy partnerships with Sunseap Group, Terrenus Energy, and Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp). Announced in 2018 and currently under construction, Facebook’s data center in Singapore is being designed from the ground up with new features to minimize the use of water, energy, and land. Once operational, the data center will be 100 per cent supported by renewable energy. The company has set a goal to reach net zero emissions for the value chain in 2030.

About Facebook

Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them. Facebook is a trademark of Facebook, Inc.

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Facebook’s efforts to support community-building and STEM education efforts in Singapore.

  • Alongside our sustainability efforts, we want to make sure we’re supporting the local communities we serve. Over the years we’ve been helping partners with their community building and education efforts -
    • We partnered with nonprofit EB Impact to launch the Sustainability Exchange, a platform to accelerate the understanding and action towards sustainability issues among youth, with the help of Facebook and other corporate
    • We helped launch a pilot programmeme with Nanyang Technological University to offer data centre courses to students in Singapore, including mid-careerists. We hope to encourage and nurture local talent for Singapore’s data centre (story here)
    • We have supported AI Singapore’s efforts to train school teachers in AI education - with the hope of cultivating future tech and STEM talent in Singapore. The programme reached teachers at more than 22 primary schools where students can now participate in AI AI Singapore is hosted by National University of Singapore (more here)
    • Collaborated with ENGIE, SGTech and Singapore Management University to conduct the inaugural Singapore Data Centres Sustainability e-Challenge. The virtual event brought together over 70 participants including data centre operators, startups and sustainability experts across industries to come up with ideas that have the potential to reduce the carbon footprint of Singapore’s data centres (ENGIE press release here).
    • Co-sponsored with our industry peers (AWS, Equinix, Telin) Jurong Bird Park’s waterfall aviary exhibit and community visits to the Park, to raise awareness for wildlife conservation and
    • Supporting the ‘Stronger Together, Aiding Recovery’ (STAR) Fund for SMEs to equip business owners with digital skills to help them recover during the pandemic and grow their
    • Helped charity group ExtraOrdinary People launch their apprenticeship programme to help differently-abled youth in Singapore find jobs in the hospitality, creative arts, and horticulture
    • Partnered with TOUCH Cyber Wellness to educate senior citizens with digital literacy skills to help them avoid scams and to stay safe
 

 

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