Google is serious about renewable energy – the search engine giant this week hosted an event at Brussels to discuss the issue. Google is turning to renewable energy and how EU energy policies can meet the changing needs of consumers and the marketplace. There were leaders from both the private sector and policy community, including the keynote speaker, European Commission Vice President for the Energy, Maros Sefcovic, and the panelist, MEP Kathleen Van Brempt.
Last December, Google was on the track to reaching 100% renewable energy for global operations including data centers and offices both in 2017. Renewable energy becomes increasingly cost-competitive and the company would become the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable power as it had signed contracts for 2.6 gigawatts of renewable projects.
Companies like Nestle, IKEA, and Swiss Re are also committed to renewable energy and also making good business sense. European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic highlighted the business case for renewable energy and emphasized that the production of renewable costs has drastically reduced in the last 10 years.
Google is very much excited to work with policymakers and others to drive a cleaner energy future in Europe.