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Sustainability Overview

We believe sustainability is about more than operating responsibly. It's an opportunity to support the communities we're a part of, and make a bigger impact on the world.

Date: 2019, Type: Summary
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Summary 2019
Sustainability Data Disclosure

Since 2011, we've shared our environmental footprint. Included are the last five years of electricity, greenhouse gas, and water data covering Facebook's operations.

Date: 2019, Type: Data
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Data 2019
Carbon and Energy Data Verification

Our energy and greenhouse gas data is third-party verified.

Date: 2019, Type: Verification
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Verification 2019
Water Data Verification

Our water data is third-party verified.

Date: 2019, Type: Verification
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Verification 2019
Efficiently Operating Our Workplaces

When we build new office spaces for our people, we strive to create sustainable workplaces by prioritizing the use of healthy and sustainable materials, creating solutions that advance employee wellbeing and minimizing our impact on the environment. While we will source 100% renewable energy for our operations in 2020, we also work to reduce our overall demand, which is why energy efficiency at our offices and other facilities is a key focus for Facebook.

Date: 2019, Type: Case Study
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Case Study 2019
Construction Waste Recycling at Clonee Data Center

In April 2016, when we began building the Clonee Data Center in County Meath—our first data center in Ireland and the second in Europe—we saw an opportunity to work with our general contractor to foster a zero-waste culture by finding inventive ways to reduce our materials footprint and recycle as much as possible

Date: 2019, Type: Case Study
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Case Study 2019
Saving Water In The Workplace

While we already minimize water use in our buildings by installing efficient restroom and kitchen fixtures and investing in drought-resistant landscaping, we wanted to do more to reduce overall water consumption. That’s why we collaborated with public and private sector partners to install our first blackwater treatment system at our headquarters.

Date: 2019, Type: Case Study
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Case Study 2019
Water Restoration in New Mexico

Minimizing our water use is a key focus at Facebook, and we are proud to say our data centers use 80% less water than the average data center. When we started building our Los Lunas Data Center in New Mexico, a region known for its dry climate, we knew we wanted to partner to find sustainable solutions to address a shared water challenge with the community.

Date: 2019, Type: Case Study
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Case Study 2019
Water Stewardship In Fort Worth

The growing gap between water supply and water demand in the Fort Worth area presented Facebook with a unique challenge when we decided to build a data center in Fort Worth in 2015. We built the Fort Worth Data Center to be as efficient as our other data centers, but we also knew we needed to find a creative solution that would extend that efficiency to the 150 acres of land on which our data center was being constructed.

Date: 2019, Type: Case Study
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Case Study 2019
Energy – Green Tariffs

A key part of our sustainability mission is to advance the rapid deployment of renewable energy on the electric grid while also supporting 100% of our global operations with new renewable energy by 2020. As a result, we’ve used a variety of innovative mechanisms to find renewable energy solutions for our global footprint, while also working to bring other large customers along with us.

Date: 2018, Type: Case Study
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Case Study 2018
Energy – Waste Heat Recovery

When we announced the construction of our Odense Data Center in 2017, we were determined to build one of the most advanced, energy-efficient data centers in the world. In addition to our latest hyper-efficient hardware and indirect evaporative cooling technology, this facility will also be unique because of infrastructure to capture and recycle excess heat generated by our servers to provide heat to the local community

Date: 2018, Type: Case Study
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Case Study 2018
Data Center Water Efficiency

The challenges of the growing global water crisis are well documented as demand for this finite resource continues to rise due to population and economic growth. We believe that a key way to address and mitigate the risk of this water supply and demand gap is for every sector and company to do its part in using water more efficiently.  Learn more about how we deploy innovative and water-efficient technologies at our data centers.

Date: 2018, Type: Case Study
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Case Study 2018
Helping Bees Thrive in Ireland

In 2016, we were excited to grow our presence and continue investing in Ireland by building the Clonee Data Center in County Meath. During the construction process, we learned that approximately a third of Ireland’s bee species were being threatened with extinction. Knowing our data center was located in a farming area dependent on these pollinators, we knew we had a responsibility to help reverse the decline of bees in the community.

Date: 2018, Type: Case Study
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Case Study 2018

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