Science tells us that the next 10 years will be the defining decade for dramatic emissions reductions to limit the worst impacts of climate change.
We are committed to tackling this urgent issue through our global operations, value chain and beyond.
Reducing Our GHG Emissions
In 2021, we announced our goal to expand our net zero goal to include our value chain in 2030.
Our climate program is aligned with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and guided by the latest science on what is necessary to transition to a zero-carbon future. We will continue to reduce our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions in line with climate science by increasing the efficiency of our operations and maintaining 100 percent renewable energy.
In 2020, we achieved net zero GHG emissions in our direct operations (Scopes 1 and 2) by reducing our emissions by 94% compared to 2017 levels.
Supporting Carbon Removal Projects
Recognizing that some of our emissions will be very difficult to reduce by 2030, we will support projects that remove carbon equivalent to the emissions we are not able to reduce by then. Our carbon removal projects are verified by a third party; prevent any adverse impacts; and prioritize climate justice and equity.
In 2021, we supported carbon removal projects in Kenya and Mexico that represent over 200,000 tons of carbon sequestration via forests and soil.
This year, our contribution to the Frontier advance market commitment will help catalyze a market for technological carbon removal credits and unlock the opportunity to learn from global scientific leaders on emerging carbon removal technologies.
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Tackling Climate Misinformation
It is estimated that nearly 2 billion adults know little to nothing about climate change. At the same time, misinformation about climate change continues to spread both online and offline.
This reality led to the creation of the Climate Science Center (CSC). The CSC increases access to science-based and dynamic climate information to drive awareness and inspire more people to take action. We work with the world’s leading climate science organizations to ensure that the information we feature is timely and accurate.
In 2021, we expanded the CSC reach to more than 100 countries, attracted more than 3.8 million followers, and served more than 100,000 daily visitors.
Building the Metaverse
Last year, we introduced Meta, which brings together our apps and technologies under one new company brand. The metaverse is an immersive, embodied successor to the mobile internet.
We are developing exciting new technologies that will help people connect and explore in the metaverse, including our Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Wearable hardware technologies and devices.
Our net zero commitment is inclusive of these products, and we are committed to building the metaverse sustainably through:
- conducting Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) of our Reality Labs products to better understand the environmental impacts associated with them
- evaluating opportunities to incorporate recycled content into products
- prioritizing the use of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified fibers in our consumer packaging
- transitioning segments of our logistics network to lower-carbon modes of transit like leveraging ocean instead of air freight
Last year, we also launched our Meta Quest “As Good As New” program, enabling customers to purchase refurbished products for our flagship devices.
We launched the $1 million Climate Misinformation Grant to fund organizations and solution providers working to combat false and misleading information about climate change.
The Future of Business is Green
Our Sustainability for Business site provides resources for advertisers to find ways to decarbonize.
Last year, we introduced our first EMEA program for small and medium-sized enterprises. Working with the SME Climate Hub and our partners across Europe, Meta Boost Guide to Green provides training and resources to help users grow their businesses sustainably.
During COP26 in Glasgow, we delivered our biggest activation yet at the core of which was our live studio at the UNFCCC pavilion. Now in our sixth year, we ran a Facebook and Instagram Live Studio – a space for policymakers, advocates, businesses, and nonprofits to broadcast progress, challenges, and reflections on the urgency of climate change to audiences around the world.
Meta’s 2021 Carbon Footprint
5.7M metric tons of CO2e
Scope 3 GHG Emissions (metric tons CO2e)
We applied 90,000 tons of carbon removal credits to our 2021 emissions to cover our residual operational emissions.
We disclose our GHG emissions annually and are committed to increasing transparency around our impact. Our GHG footprint includes the emissions associated with running our business and data centers, as well as the indirect emissions created upstream from our operations and downstream in our products. Our emissions are calculated based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and are verified by a third party. We will continue reporting and updating our emissions boundaries as our business grows on our path to net zero emissions.
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.