Sustainability isn’t just about our own operations. We work with leaders across our industry to develop and scale innovative solutions for a more sustainable world.
Community is the very heart of Facebook. It’s why we believe that collaboration and partnership are the keys to innovation.
We believe that addressing and adapting to the impacts of climate change will require new and innovative solutions. That’s why we’ve formed global alliances with industry-leading companies and nonprofit organizations, and even created a space for individuals to help advance sustainability in technology. We’re always looking to find more ways to use the power of partnership to drive positive impacts for our company and our community.
Collaborating to drive climate action
Climate change is too great a challenge for any of us to solve alone. That’s why we’re partnering with leading organizations to educate communities about the impacts of climate change and harnessing the strength of our platform to catalyze climate action.
Our collaboration with The United Nations, one of our key partners, demonstrates how Facebook’s platforms can serve as powerful tools to generate support for climate action. We’ve supported the UN Climate Change Conventions since 2016, hosting Facebook Live studios and collaborating on innovative campaigns like the People’s Seat and the UN’s ActNow Messenger Bot. Together, these campaigns have reached over 1 billion people and fostered over 100,000 actions to combat climate change.
We want our platform to be a place where communities can learn about climate change and work together to advance progress on key issues like water, energy and plastic waste. At World Water Week this year, we hosted a series of trainings with key water sustainability organizations and partners on how to leverage Facebook and Instagram to increase their impact and engage communities around the global water challenge.
We are proud to do our part to fulfill the spirit of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C through our support of industry coalitions like the Future Economy Project and We Mean Business, as well as our commitment to the We Are Still In coalition. We’re also a founding member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, a group that’s helping to grow demand for renewable energy and, at the same time, helping utilities to develop innovative solutions to meet that demand.
Partnering to advance water stewardship
Water is a shared resource, and we strive to be a good steward in our communities. We reuse water as many times as we possibly can before discharging it to wastewater treatment plants.
As part of our efforts to drive sustainability beyond our operations, we collaborate with key partners to promote water stewardship. We are members of the World Resources Institute (WRI) Aqueduct Alliance and support the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) on water projects within our communities. We partner on projects that will help public and private organizations measure the benefits of water stewardship, including the Volumetric Benefit Accounting Methodology and Guidance for Calculating Water Use Embedded in Electricity Purchasing. We’re also helping create metrics that will enable businesses to set meaningful goals around water as part of the Context-Based Water Targets Expert Advisory Group.
Open Compute Project
Supporting an open and collaborative global technology industry that creates choice for users.
In 2011, we co-founded the Open Compute Project to inspire more transparency and pioneering development across the technology industry. The organization encourages and enables major technology innovators—including Facebook—to make their work public and allow an open source community to find operating efficiencies for data center infrastructure.
Today, there are more than 200 members and the project has already produced valuable, efficient designs that are publicly available to hardware manufacturers and consumers all over the world. The Open Compute Project teams have reduced materials in server production, enabling lower cost production, reduced shipping costs, easier installation, maintenance, and decommissioning, and higher energy efficiency. And the work of the Open Compute Project’s engineers and developers has been a key part of helping Facebook design and build some of the world’s most efficient data centers.
Double the power, half the energy
We worked with Intel to make our web servers twice as powerful without using any additional energy.
At Facebook, our web servers have to process a lot of requests, quickly and often simultaneously. To maintain the system, we used increasingly powerful processors over the years—until we realized this was no longer scalable. To find a solution we worked with Intel on a new processor design and redesigned our own server infrastructure to match. The goal was not only to meet our own needs, but to create a new system that would be adopted by the rest of the industry.
It was a huge success: our collaboration produced a one-processor server that was more powerful and suited to data centers than the previous two-processor server. And, crucially, it didn’t use any additional power. That means we can do twice as much without any extra draw on energy, enabling us to be a better company and helping to push the industry forward.