Sustainability isn’t just about our own operations—working together, we can create and scale solutions for communities around the world.
Community is the very heart of Facebook. It’s why we believe that collaboration and partnership are the keys to innovation.
We look for opportunities to partner with others to develop and share solutions for a more sustainable world. 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.
We’re building a greener electric grid
We are proud to be founding members 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.
Through our participation in the Future Economy Project and We Mean Business and our commitment to We Are Still In, we’re working with others to address the complex challenge of climate change.
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 Water Stewardship Benefit Accounting Methodology and Scope 2 Water: 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 Metrics and Targets Expert Advisory Group.
Open Compute Project
Supporting an open and collaborative global technology industry that creates relevant choices for users.
In 2011, we co-founded the Open Compute Project to inspire more transparency and truly pioneering development in both hardware and software. 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.