6th October (WNN) — Tech giant Google on Wednesday announced a slew of changes designed to create a more sustainable world and reduce carbon emissions – including a more environmentally friendly Pathfinder on Google Maps.
The company said the new features are part of its larger strategy to cut global-warming emissions and give users more power to integrate climate efforts into their daily activities.
One of the new features on Maps is allowing users to find paths or routes that are most fuel-efficient and emit the least carbon emissions. Another help helps users find the lowest carbon-emitting commercial airline flights.
“Eco-friendly routing is now rolling out in the US … with plans to expand to Europe and in 2022,” Russell Dicker, senior director of Google Maps, said in a statement.
“We estimate that environmentally friendly routing has the potential to prevent more than one million tons of carbon emissions per year – the equivalent of removing more than 200,000 cars from the road.”
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said, “We need urgent and meaningful solutions to address this daunting challenge. So last year we took bold action to run our data centers and campuses on carbon-free energy 24/7 by 2030. Committed to.” This strategy is expected to create over 20,000 jobs in clean energy by 2025.
Pichai said the company has used renewable energy sources since 2017 and will now use only clean energy to run its global centers and campuses.
As part of its “Sustainable with Google 2021” announcement, the company said it would allow buildings such as airports, shopping malls, hospitals to use DeepMind and Google Cloud — the machine-learning technology that has enabled Google to build energy in buildings. has been reduced to 30%.
The company said the new features launched for US users on Wednesday and will be available in Europe next year.
“And when people come to Google Search with questions about climate change, we will show official information from sources like the United Nations in addition to the current news sources, which we currently pick up in the carousel,” Pichai said. “It’s part of our goal to help one billion people make more sustainable choices by 2022.”