Joining a slew of other hardware manufacturers, Google has announced that it will making a bigger move towards sustainability.
While the company took steps to be more transparent in its environmental impact in 2018 by releasing environmental reports, Google is now taking its green initiative a step further.
These plans were briefly outlined in a recent blog post by the company’s Head of Sustainability, Consumer Hardware, Anna Meegan.
Carbon neutrality, recycled materials and accessibility were the three key highlights of the post.
“To help us get a step closer to reaching our goals, we’re sharing a set of hardware and services sustainability commitments:
- By 2020, 100 percent of all shipments going to or from customers will be carbon neutral
- Starting in 2022, 100 percent of Made by Google products will include recycled materials with a drive to maximise recycled content wherever possible.
- And we will make technology that puts people first and expands access to the benefits of technology.”
Google also stated that its carbon emissions for product shipment decreased by 40 per cent between 2017 and 2018.
It also boasted its plan to bring one million Nest thermostats to families in need by 2023. The thermostats are said to save both energy and money, and are partially made with recycled plastic.
Let’s hope this is just the beginning of an even bigger push for all global tech giants to bring in similar initiatives such as this and the likes the Apple’s Recycling Program.