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CEO Sundar Pichai’s 11 Top Remarks At Google I/O 2021

‘We believe LaMDA’s natural conversation capabilities have the potential to make information and computing radically more accessible and easier to use,’ Pichai said.

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Sustainability Efforts

Sustainability has been a core value for more than 20 years. We were the first major company to become carbon-neutral in 2007. We were also the first to match our operations with 100 percent renewable energy. That was in 2017, and we’ve been doing it ever since. And last year, we eliminated our entire carbon legacy.

Our next ambition is our biggest yet. By 2030, we aim to operate on carbon-free energy 24/7. This means running every data center and office on clean electricity every hour of every day. Operating 24/7 on carbon-free energy is a step change from current approaches. It means setting a higher bar to never emit carbon from our operations in the first place. It’s a moon shot like LaMDA or quantum computing, and it presents an equally hard set of problems to solve.

First, we have to source carbon-free energy in every place we operate -- a harder task in some places than in others. Today, five of our data centers are already operating at or near 90 percent carbon-free energy. In Denmark, we built five new solar farms to support our newest data center, complementing existing wind energy on the Danish grid. And it’s operated carbon-free 90 percent of the time since day one.

Another challenge of 24/4 carbon-free energy is just that-- it has to run every hour of every day. So last year, we rolled out the world’s first carbon-intelligent computing platform. It automatically shifts the timing of many compute tasks to when clean power sources are most plentiful. And today I’m excited to announce we are the first company to implement carbon-intelligent load-shifting across both time and place within our data center network. By this time next year, we’ll be shifting more than a third of non-production compute to times and places with greater availability of carbon-free energy.

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