People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them. As more people share on our platform, we continue to engineer hyper-efficient data centers and increase our use of clean and renewable energy to power them. The sustainability advances we’ve realized extend beyond our own four walls, as we share what we’ve learned and work with others to keep innovating. Every year, we share data on our energy use, our carbon footprint, and our water use. Let’s look at how we did in 2016.
How big is your footprint?
In 2004, one million people were using Facebook. By the end of 2016, there were 1.86 billion people using Facebook every month. Despite this growth, and the expansion of our other apps and services, Facebook’s carbon impact per person has remained about the same. Divided across the people we serve, here’s how Facebook’s annual carbon emissions compare with other common daily activities.