Google's emissions soar due to AI energy demands
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Google's emissions soar due to AI energy demands

Google's greenhouse gas emissions have surged nearly 50% over the past five years, driven by the energy needs of its growing AI technologies.

Dan Milmo reports for The Guardian.


In short:

  • Google’s data centers and supply chain emissions have increased, leading to a 13% rise in total emissions in 2023, reaching 14.3 million metric tons.
  • The company’s goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2030 faces significant uncertainty, especially with the unpredictable environmental impact of AI.
  • Data centers’ electricity consumption could double by 2026, with AI models contributing to 4.5% of global energy usage by 2030.

Why this matters:

The rapid growth of AI is complicating tech giants' efforts to reduce their climate impact. While AI promises transformative benefits for various sectors, including healthcare, transportation, and climate modeling, the environmental cost cannot be ignored. The surge in emissions raises questions about the sustainability of tech-driven solutions and the industry's role in climate change.

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