Our sustainability strategy is anchored by three components
How we operate
We’re committed to protecting what’s truly important: the wellbeing of people and our planet.
What we create
We push the boundaries of what’s possible, creating solutions where none existed and building products that enable change.
How we collaborate
We tackle the important issues by creating new partnerships and joining established initiatives.
– Mark Zuckerberg, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
“The possibilities our technology will unlock for people only matter if we have a safe and thriving planet.”
Reducing our emissions
We have set a science-aligned emissions reduction target in line with what is necessary to transition to a zero-carbon future and roadmapped our strategy to reach net zero emissions across our value chain in 2030. Our approach includes prioritizing efficiency and circularity in our business decisions, embracing low-carbon technology to operate with a lower emissions footprint, and enabling at least two-thirds of our suppliers to set science-aligned reduction targets by 2026.
Becoming water positive
We are committed to becoming water positive in 2030, when we will restore more water to the environment than we consume for our global operations. To achieve this goal, Meta will restore 200% of the water we consume in high water stress areas, and 100% of the water we consume in medium water stress areas. In 2022, our water restoration projects returned 621 million gallons of water to high and medium water stressed regions.
Supporting our operations with 100% renewable energy
Our portfolio of more than 10,000 MW of contracted renewable energy projects makes Meta one of the largest corporate buyers of renewable energy globally, and the corporation with the largest operating portfolio in the U.S., with more than 5,500 MW online.
Operating a responsible supply chain
Meta is part of a complex value chain that touches lives and communities around the globe. Our Responsible Supply Chain (RSC) program strives to empower workers and protect the environment—through open and frequent communication with our suppliers, deep understanding of core sustainability issues and initiatives that support safe, healthy and fair working conditions.
Sharing climate insights
In 2022, we completed our biggest ever global survey analyzing public views towards climate change in partnership with researchers at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. The survey asked more than 100,000 Facebook users from nearly 200 countries and territories about their knowledge of—and attitudes and behavior towards—climate change issues, and what should be done to address them.
Setting the standard for data center sustainability
Meta's data centers are highly advanced and efficient, supported entirely by 100% renewable energy. They prioritize sustainable design, construction, and sourcing, while also promoting healthy workspaces for their employees and responsible treatment of land and communities.
supported by renewable energy
gallons per year of water returned to high and medium water stressed regions through our water restoration projects
operational Data Center buildings are at a minimum LEED Gold Certified
We are in the business of building better realities — and not just virtual ones.
Engaging our suppliers to drive net zero progress
To help us reach net zero emissions across our value chain in 2030, we are partnering with our suppliers to commit to science-aligned GHG reduction targets and to use 100% renewable energy for Meta-related production and services.
Creating a wetland marsh
Wetlands like Wildcat Marsh in downtown Dallas are home to a variety of wildlife and provide many benefits such as erosion control, flood control, and improved water quality. We are supporting Ducks Unlimited and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to create a new 63-acre wetland which will improve fish and wildlife habitat as well as the quality of water being released back to the Trinity River. The project is expected to restore 129 million gallons of water annually.
Elevating accurate climate information
Critical challenges like climate change lead to complex discussions across our apps. Our platforms extend access to information and empower users to take action through tools like the Climate Info Finder Tool and the Climate Science Center. We have fully expanded the Climate Science Center to all countries, attracting more than 18 million followers.
Supporting solar energy
In 2022, we partnered with Silicon Ranch, one of the largest independent power producers in the U.S., on seven projects totaling 720 MW of energy. Silicon Ranch’s model of land management co-locates renewable energy production with regenerative agriculture practices.
Reducing workplace emissions
We are targeting a 50% reduction in workplace carbon emissions in 2030 (from a 2019 baseline), which we aim to achieve through 40% reduction in office energy consumption and embodied carbon in building materials, 50% reduction in waste generated in office operations, and 60% reduction in employee commute emissions and culinary offerings.