Facebook this week said it had joined The European Union’s climate agreement and committed itself to taking action to reduce its carbon footprint. The social network presented four ways in which it helps people “build a greener Europe”.
- Fully rely on renewable energy sources when it operates as part of the goal of achieving zero emissions by 2030.
- Highlight authoritative research in Europe through the Climate Science Information Center, which seeks to correct common misconceptions about global warming and its effects. Facebook also supports climate change research with the Data for Good program, which it created “to use data on the world’s largest humanitarian issues.” The program created a study to gain insights into public attitudes to climate change.
- Invest in education and innovation through the Data Center Community Skills program for young entrepreneurs program In Sweden.
- Share information to support other companies in Europe to achieve zero emissions. This includes working with RE-Source, a European platform for the procurement of renewable energy, to reduce barriers to competitive renewable energy and the Green Boost program.
Facebook’s participation in the EU’s climate agreement follows other measures in favor of the environment. In 2018, the social network set a goal to reduce it operating emissions 75% years earlier. It also collaborated with the nonprofit World Resources Institute and Yale University create a climate change map which shows how people share or discuss information about climate change online.
European Commission in December created a climate agreement raise awareness of environmental issues and develop solutions to combat climate change. As part of the launch, the Commission called people and organizations “climate agreement ambassadors” who are urging others to act.
Facebook is not alone among social media companies that have promised to support environmental causes. These recent actions include: Twitter publishes a “climate change” topic for people to follow as they observed World Environment Day on 5 June. Pinterest last month shared survey results This showed how its users were more likely to view sustainability and buy environmentally friendly products.