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Sharing Our Progress on Combating Climate Change

As leaders and experts convene in Egypt for COP27, we’re outlining progress on our climate commitments and announcing expanded tools to help our communities take action against climate change.

November 6, 2022
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Building Tools That Help Communities Take Action Against Climate Change

Addressing climate change requires a whole-of-society approach, and the communities people belong to have an important role to play. Hundreds of thousands of Facebook Groups already use our products to discuss and take action on climate change, and we’re excited to work with partners to test new tools to empower any community on Facebook to

November 4, 2022

2021 Sustainability Report

We envision a just and equitable transition to a zero-carbon economy and are working to scale inclusive solutions that help create a healthier planet for all.

By Holly Lahd, Energy Manager, Meta

  • Meta is increasingly focused on maximizing emissions reductions across the electricity system, which means we need new tools and accounting frameworks to better understand the emissions impacts of our facilities and the projects we support.
  • As part of our commitment to accelerating the renewable energy transition and reaching our own sustainability goals, we’re joining forces with Akamai, Amazon, General Motors, Hannon Armstrong, Heineken, Intel, Rivian, Salesforce, and Workday to create the Emission First approach, a set of new objectives and principles to update electricity greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions accounting systems.
  • Updates to these standards have the opportunity to incentivize electricity GHG emissions reductions for companies of all sizes.

Greenhouse gas accounting standards play a crucial role in corporate climate strategies, providing the measurement frameworks companies need to ensure that the climate solutions they pursue are credible and will “count” towards corporate climate goals.

Today, companies use these accounting systems to measure their GHG emissions from purchased electricity (also known as Scope 2 emissions). To reduce these emissions, accounting standards and programs encourage companies to procure renewable energy at an annual volume equal to the amount of electricity purchased for their facilities. This approach has driven hundreds of new renewable energy projects onto grids around the world. Over the last 10 years corporate procurement has galvanized more than 110 gigawatts (GW) of new renewable energy.1

Meta also follows this approach, and we’re proud to support our global operations with 100% renewable energy since 2020. This achievement was central to our achieving net zero emissions for Scopes 1 and 2 (direct emissions and purchased electricity emissions) that same year. In the last decade, Meta has contracted more than 8 GW of new renewable energy projects, and we’ve focused on enabling new projects in the same regional electric grids on which our data center facilities operate.

Amping Up Impact Through an ‘Emissions First’ Approach

The electric industry has seen significant decarbonization progress in the last decade. Many of our electric utility partners have invested in carbon-free electricity supply and set their own goals. We’ve seen renewable energy technologies achieve broad commercial success and increasing opportunities to deploy energy storage, carbon-aware demand response and other clean energy technologies. We’ve also seen the impact that clean energy policies have on deploying carbon free generation across grids and countries. 

The success of these clean electricity developments means that the location and timing of new carbon-free energy generation are more important than ever. Meta is increasingly focused on maximizing emissions reductions across the electricity system, which means we need new tools and accounting frameworks to better understand the emissions impacts of our facilities and the projects we support.

We are ready to embrace an accounting framework that moves beyond the current approach of megawatt-hour matching and focuses on the heart of the matter, emissions impact. In other words, we’re putting Emissions First.

Stakeholders are actively discussing ways to update GHG accounting standards. To help inform updates to these systems, Meta has joined Akamai, Amazon, General Motors, Hannon Armstrong, Heineken, Intel, Rivian, Salesforce, and Workday on the Emissions First partnership, a set of new objectives and principles to update electricity GHG emissions accounting systems and help ensure we have clear ways to measure emissions reductions to unlock decarbonization investments at scale.

As industry standards like the GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance consider revisions to the key accounting systems that underpin corporate clean energy procurement strategies, we offer these Emissions First accounting principles to focus stakeholders on updates that can improve accuracy, drive accelerated grid decarbonization, and ensure all companies can access to tools to decarbonize their electricity supply. 

To learn more about Emissions First, visit emissionsfirst.com

1 Corporate clean energy buying Tops 30GW mark in record year. BloombergNEF. (January 30, 2022). https://about.bnef.com/blog/corporate-clean-energy-buying-tops-30gw-mark-in-record-year/

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Sharing Our Progress on Combating Climate Change

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Building Tools That Help Communities Take Action Against Climate Change

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November 4, 2022
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Our Approach to Climate Content

At Meta, we understand that critical challenges like climate change lead to complex discussion across our apps. Much of that discussion is the type of expression and debate that is essential to building consensus and finding solutions to climate change. That’s why we take a comprehensive approach to climate-related content that educates and informs people

November 4, 2022

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Instagram Creators Amplify Meta’s Sustainability Efforts with Reels

In 2022, Meta partnered with creators on Instagram to raise awareness about Meta’s commitment to sustainability. Using Instagram reels and highlighting key insights from the 2021 Sustainability Report, each creator helped draw the connection between Meta and sustainability with entertaining, impactful, and unexpected content.  We partnered with photographer Gina Danza, climate activist and educator Kristy

August 15, 2022

2021 Sustainability Report

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Instagram Creators Amplify Meta’s Sustainability Efforts with Reels

In 2022, Meta partnered with creators on Instagram to raise awareness about Meta’s commitment to sustainability. Using Instagram reels and highlighting key insights from the 2021 Sustainability Report, each creator helped draw the connection between Meta and sustainability with entertaining, impactful, and unexpected content.  We partnered with photographer Gina Danza, climate activist and educator Kristy

August 15, 2022

2021 Sustainability Report

We envision a just and equitable transition to a zero-carbon economy and are working to scale inclusive solutions that help create a healthier planet for all.

In 2022, Meta partnered with creators on Instagram to raise awareness about Meta’s commitment to sustainability. Using Instagram reels and highlighting key insights from the 2021 Sustainability Report, each creator helped draw the connection between Meta and sustainability with entertaining, impactful, and unexpected content. 

We partnered with photographer Gina Danza, climate activist and educator Kristy Drutman, and climate communicator and scientist Alaina Wood, all young leaders in the sustainability space.

Each of them brought their unique point-of-view to the reels they created, whether they were amplifying Meta’s water positive goal, talking about the importance of sustainably-operated data centers, or using the 2021 Sustainability Report as a model and educational tool to teach more broadly about corporate accountability. 

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November 6, 2022

2021 Sustainability Report

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Climate Voices: Michaela L.

Mikaela L. is a climate change activist based in Scotland. Through Instagram, she’s built a community of over 130,000 people working  to make the climate movement more Inclusive. For more news and information on climate change, visit the Climate Science Center on Facebook.

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Episode 06: Both People and Planet

What does a sustainable future look like? In this episode, we’re breaking down why a truly sustainable future needs to be not only climate secure, but equitable and just for all. What does the industrialized world owe to developing nations for the climate devastation their economies have caused? On an individual scale, what do we

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Episode 05: Counting Carbon

Emissions. Greenhouse gases. Decarbonization. You may have heard these terms in the news lately, but what do they actually mean? What are emissions, and where do they come from? Is decarbonization a good thing and, if so, how do we achieve it? In this episode, we’re joined by Carbon Calories founder Alexander Frantzen and journalist

December 6, 2021

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Episode 02: Water Stewards

Water is one of our most precious resources. If we’re going to make sure there is enough water for future generations to live, we need a revolution in the way we think about and use water. We’ll hear from Todd Reeve, CEO of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, on the work he’s doing to restore and

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Facebook’s Role In Empowering People With Information About The Climate Crisis

The scientific evidence couldn’t be clearer: the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere caused by human activity is warming the planet. The time for collective action – by individuals, companies, governments and international organizations – is right now. We at Facebook have a responsibility to do what we can to help slow warming

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