Sustainability Report 2019
At Facebook, 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.
We believe that climate change is an urgent issue facing the world today and we are committed to doing our part to address this challenge. That is why we’re working to minimize the impact of our energy, emissions and water usage, protect workers and the environment in our supply chain, and partner with others to develop and share solutions for a more sustainable world.
Letter from Rachel Peterson, Vice President of Infrastructure
"Now more than ever, businesses need to think not only about managing their operational impact but about working with others to leverage their technical strengths to address sustainability challenges."
At Facebook, sustainability means more than operating responsibly and minimizing our environmental impact – it means having a positive effect on communities around the world and within our supply chain. In the last decade, climate change has become one of the most urgent global challenges. We are committed to help tackle this challenge – not only by minimizing our environmental impact – but by connecting people around this topic and building solutions.
This inaugural “Sustainability Report” provides a closer look into our sustainability progress in 2019, as well as our broader commitment to address climate change. We’ve come a long way since we announced our first sustainability commitment to support our operations with 100 percent renewable energy in 2011 and supporting the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017 by joining the We Are Still In Coalition.
In 2019, we made significant progress toward our 2020 climate and renewable energy goals, reaching 59 percent reduction in our operational greenhouse gas emissions over 2017 levels and achieving 86 percent renewable energy. We have also accelerated our support in local communities, including investing in water projects that will restore 206,000 cubic meters of water per year in our data center communities and financing projects that strengthened the renewable energy market.
We are also excited about the positive impact that collaborations and partnerships have in addressing this global challenge. In 2019, we collaborated with academic and nonprofit partners to develop the Climate Conversation Map. This innovative new tool will allow partners to better understand how climate discussions are unfolding around the world on the Facebook app, providing insights to help inform and spur further climate action. We’re excited to see how new solutions like this can positively impact communities around the world.
All that said, we know there is more work to be done. Now more than ever, businesses need to think not only about managing their operational impact but about working with others to leverage their technical strengths to address sustainability challenges. For us, this means driving down our emissions, supporting the renewable energy transition, deepening supplier partnerships to advance positive impact and leveraging our platforms and technology to scale innovations that drive climate action.
— Rachel Peterson
59% reduction in operational GHG emissions
In 2019, we achieved a 59 percent reduction in operational GHG emissions, compared to 2017 levels.
86%renewable energy supporting our operations
In 2019, we achieved 86 percent renewable energy for our operations and now have over 1.3 gigawatts of wind and solar projects online.
206,000 cubic meters of water per year contracted
In 2019, we contracted four new water restoration projects that will restore 206,000 cubic meters of water per year in our data center communities.
Climate Conversation Map
We launched the Climate Conversation Map to provide partners with information to advance climate action, helping them understand how engagement around climate-related news conversations ebbs and flows throughout the world and over time.
World Water Week
We were proud to be a World Water Week community partner for the first time and trained more than 500 water stewardship practitioners on ways to optimize Facebook’s capabilities to advance their water efforts.
Featured Disclosures & Verifications
2019 Sustainability Data Disclosures
We’ve shared our environmental footprint since 2011.
2019 Sustainability Data Verification
Our data is third-party verified.