Google's energy consumption 2011-2018

Google’s energy consumption has increased over the last few years, reaching 10.6 terawatt hours in 2018, up from 2.86 terawatt hours in 2011. The company has made efforts to make its data centers more efficient through customized high-performance servers, using smart temperature and lighting, advanced cooling techniques, and machine learning.

Datacenters and energy

Through its operations, Google pursues a more sustainable impact on the environment by creating efficient data centers that use less energy than the average, transitioning towards renewable energy, creating sustainable workplaces, and providing its users with the technological means towards a cleaner future for the future generations. Through its efficient data centers, Google has also managed to divert waste from its operations away from landfills.

Reducing Google’s carbon footprint

Google’s clean energy efforts is also related to their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. Since their commitment to using 100 percent renewable energy, the company has met their targets largely through solar and wind energy power purchase agreements and buying renewable power from utilities. Google is one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy in the world.

Energy consumption of Google from 2011 to 2018

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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period

2011 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Total energy consumption represents total Scope 2 electricity consumption plus total Scope 1 fuel use.
Figures were compiled from several editions of the report.
Figures were rounded.

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