Facebook has made a pledge to become a “water positive’ company by 2030, which means returning more water to the environment than what it consumes.
It plans to reach the goal through a combination of water restoration efforts starting in regions that are highly water stressed and investing in technologies to increase water efficiency at its facilities.
Faccebook expects its investments in water restoration projects to help replenish more than 850 million gallons of water per year.
Projects in regions experiencing high levels of water stress already helped restore around 595 million gallons of water in 2020.
The climate crisis demands urgent action from all of us. We’re setting an ambitious goal to be #WaterPositive by 2030. This means Facebook will restore more water to the environment than we consume for our global operations. ♻️ pic.twitter.com/IWTnXvSwLF
— Facebook (@Facebook) August 19, 2021
The company has invested in new ways to make its data centres more water and energy efficient over the last decade and as of 2020, its entire global footprint of offices and data centres have been supported by 100% renewable energy and reached net zero emissions.
Facebook said in a statement: “Becoming water positive by 2030 is a long term goal but like our goal to make our entire value chain net zero in 2030, it’s one we’re confident we can achieve based on the enormous advances made over the last decade.
“We believe commitments like these can make a meaningful contribution to the global race to build a more sustainable future.”