Facebook has announced plans to focus on water restoration projects around the world in addition to in-house innovations to reduce and replenish its water usage. The company has pledged to become water positive by 2030, committing the social media and tech giant to return more water to the environment than is consumed by its global operations by the end of the decade.
The firm said it aimed to achieve the target via a combination of water restoration efforts alongside technologies to increase water efficiency at its facilities. They claim to have invested in a number of new ways to make their data centres more water and energy-efficient over the past decade, while the firm’s entire global footprint of offices and data centres have been supported by 100 per cent renewable energy since last year.
The company said it has already invested in water restoration projects designed to replenish more than 850 million gallons of water per year. In regions experiencing high levels of water stress, these projects have so far restored about 595 million gallons of water in 2020 benefiting both communities and ecosystems.
“We follow a water stewardship strategy that focuses on sourcing water responsibly, driving water efficiency across our facilities and operations, as well as investing in critical water restoration projects in the same watersheds where our facilities are located,” Sylvia Lee, sustainability water lead at Facebook, said. “Now, we’re going even further and pledging to be water positive by 2030, meaning we will restore more water than we consume.”
The company has also invested in onsite recycled water systems at some of its global offices including allowing its data centres to be cooled with outside air. Taken together these changes have enabled their data centres to operate with 80 per cent more water efficiency on average compared to the industry standard.