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Google Pledges New Efforts To Put The Environment First

Commitments include using 100 percent plastic-free, recyclable packaging, and attaining 50 percent recycled or renewable materials across hardware products by 2025.

Google recently outlined three new bold hardware-related sustainability commitments in a blog post. The pledges come less than two months after Alphabet Inc.-owned Google shared plans to operate carbon-free by 2030 and confirmed that it had eliminated its all-time carbon legacy. 

The Mountain View, California-based company has pledged to achieve 50 percent recycled or renewable materials across its hardware products by 2025, attain a UL 2799 Zero Waste to Landfill Certification at its final assembly manufacturing plants by 2022, and use 100 percent plastic-free and all-recyclable product packaging by 2025, according to Google Sustainability Systems Architect David Bourne. A UL 2799 Zero Waste to Landfill Certification would indicate that most of the waste from operations at the plants is recycled, according to the blog post.

“Google’s focus on incorporating recycled materials in our hardware design not only supports our sustainability commitments, but also enables our supply chain partners to confidently invest in and develop these types of materials so that the wider consumer electronics industry can use them too,” Bourne explained.

Last year, Google set the goal of incorporating recycled materials into all of its products by 2022. Bourne revealed in the post that the company has reached that goal early and that all of its new Google Pixel and Nest products feature recycled material in their designs.

In April, Google, citing the importance of using carbon-free energy sources like wind and solar, announced that it would deploy a carbon-intelligent computing platform to its data centers. The platform is part of its plan to decrease the carbon footprint of its electrical grid and reach 24/7 carbon-free energy consumption. The platform moves compute tasks to take place during sunny and/or windy weather to increase the use of low-carbon power sources. Google is the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world.

“As we continue to experience the effects of climate change across the world and in our own backyards, being responsible for our impact on the environment and in our community is essential,” said Bourne in the post.

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