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Big Tech Companies Look To Clean Energy To Slake Their Enormous Thirst

James Conca of Forbes writes about big tech’s efforts to reduce emissions.

The C3 Take
  • Big tech companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple, and Microsoft have all announced zero-carbon goals by 2030.
  • These goals are important because the data centers of these four companies use a combined 45 terawatt-hours of energy per year, more than all of Hong Kong.
  • So far big tech has primarily focused on renewables to offset emissions. While renewables are important, they should also consider nuclear energy and innovative small modular reactors.
  • Through private-sector leadership, we are paving the way for a cleaner tomorrow.

“According to Lux Research, IT’s largest companies have set goals of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. To reach that goal, the sector will need to add a minimum of 40 GW (gigaWatt) of renewable energy generation capacity, or 20 GW of nuclear, or 30 GW of mixed, in the next nine years.”

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