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Emission estimates

When searching for a flight, Google helps you factor environmental impact into your decision. Carbon emission estimates are available for nearly every flight on Google Flights.

Travalyst Coalition

As a part of this group, Google is leading development of a standardized way to calculate carbon emissions for air travel.

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Eco-certified hotels

Before you book your stay, Google Search makes it easy to find more sustainable options where you’re traveling.

Eco-certified badge

This badge signifies that a hotel has been certified by an independent accredited organization as meeting high sustainability standards. You can learn more about their efforts on Google's hotel search.

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Climate-friendlier options

Compared to flying, taking a bus or train can be more cost-effective, convenient, and sustainable. It’s not always possible to avoid flying, but consider which flights you take—some flights pollute less than others.

71%

Percentage of surveyed travelers wanting to make more sustainable choices, according to a 2022 Booking.com survey.

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Fuel-efficient routes

When you need to drive, Google Maps will let you choose the most fuel- or energy-efficient route—if it isn’t already the fastest one, which can help reduce emissions.1

650,000 fuel-based cars

As of the end of 2023, fuel-efficient routing is estimated to have helped enable more than 2.9 million metric tons of GHG emissions reductions since the feature launched in late 2021—equivalent to taking approximately 650,000 fuel-based cars off the road for a year.2

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Fuel-efficient vehicles

With Google Search, you can compare electric and hybrid cars against gas-powered models to understand the cost of more sustainable options before you buy.

Fuel cost calculator

A search tool that allows users to see emissions estimates, and annual fuel costs for different vehicles.3

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Alternative transportation

Transportation accounts for one-fifth of global carbon emissions, and almost half of these come from gas-powered passenger vehicles, according to Our World in Data. Google Maps provides routes for alternate transportation options including public transit, cycling, and scooters.

400

Number of cities worldwide in which Google provides bike and scooter share information.

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Fuel savings

Fuel-efficient routing in Google Maps shows you the route that can save you the most fuel by considering factors such as road incline, stops, engine type, and traffic predictions, because contrary to popular belief, the most fuel-efficient route is not always the fastest or the shortest.

Fuel-efficient routing

This feature helps drivers find the most fuel-efficient routes using insights from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and data from the European Environment Agency.4

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Charging stations

For EV drivers with vehicles that have Google built-in, Google Maps will suggest the best stop based on factors like current traffic, your charge level, and expected energy consumption. Maps will also show when places like a supermarket have charging stations on-site.5

“Very fast” charge

This charging filter in vehicles with Google built-in helps drivers find charging stations with chargers of 150 kilowatts or higher to get many cars back on the road in less than 40 minutes.

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Streamlined travel

For some trips, taking a train might be the more sustainable option. You can now shop for train tickets directly on Google Search, for travel in and around select countries.6

“Berlin to Vienna trains”

In select countries, enter this type of query on Search and you’ll find an easy way to browse train schedules and ticket prices.

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A more sustainable future through information and innovation.

Since our earliest days, we’ve been on an ambitious journey to help build a more sustainable future.

Through our products, we aim to empower individuals, cities, and partners to collectively reduce 1 gigaton of their carbon equivalent emissions annually by 2030. For ourselves, we have a bold goal to reach net-zero emissions across all of our operations and value chain, which includes running on 24/7 carbon-free energy (CFE)8 on every grid where we operate.

A sustainable future requires systems-level change, strong government policies, and new technologies. We know that AI has the potential to help solve some of climate’s biggest challenges. Scaling AI and using it to accelerate climate action will be just as crucial as addressing the environmental impact associated with it.

We’re committed to collaboration and playing our part, every step of the way.

The Rødby Fjord solar project adds carbon-free energy to the grid that powers our data center in Fredericia, Denmark
Google’s next-generation geothermal site in Nevada, in collaboration with clean-energy startup Fervo
The Rødby Fjord solar project adds carbon-free energy to the grid that powers our data center in Fredericia, Denmark

AI for sustainability

At Google, we have a unique opportunity to help lead the transition to a more sustainable future by using AI to make climate information more accessible and understandable, and to drive innovation forward.

Bold

We’re using AI to boldly accelerate the research and design of potential climate change solutions to mitigate, adapt, and build foundational capabilities for the transition to a decarbonized world.

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Responsible

We’re committed to developing AI responsibly and working to address the environmental impact associated with it.

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Together

We believe that all of us—policymakers, industry leaders, and civil society—must work together to responsibly harness AI’s potential for climate action and ensure it benefits everyone.

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Every action counts

If we work together, there’s no limit to what we can do to help individuals, communities, and businesses mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Discover ways to take action

See how our products can help you make more sustainable choices.

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Support your organization

Get the information you need to make thoughtful decisions around reducing your organization’s emissions and achieving your sustainability goals.

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See what we’re doing

Learn how we’re driving innovation in climate and clean energy through our own operations.

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Working together toward 1 GT

Through our products, we aim to help individuals, cities, and other partners collectively reduce 1 gigaton of their carbon equivalent emissions annually by 2030.

Google Maps

Choose the most fuel-efficient route

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Google Shopping

Shop for more efficient appliances for your home

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Google Flights

Find a flight with lower per-traveler carbon emissions

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Google Nest

Make an impact right from home

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Google Earth Engine

Explore earth science data analysis at a planetary scale

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Environmental Insights Explorer

Build a resilient, sustainable future for your city or region

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Creating sustainable impact at scale

Creating sustainable impact at scale

See how we’re sharing the innovations we create and the lessons we learn to help accelerate the global transition to a carbon-free future.

Creating sustainable impact at scale

See how we’re sharing the innovations we create and the lessons we learn to help accelerate the global transition to a carbon-free future.

Solar panels being installed at the solar project that powers our data center in Fredericia, Denmark

Pursuing net-zero emissions through technology and innovation

We use energy to power our products and to run our operations, including our data centers and offices. For our third decade of climate action, we’re pursuing net-zero emissions across our operations and value chain by 2030.7 This is supported by our ambitious clean energy goal to operate our data centers and office campuses on 24/7 carbon-free energy, such as solar and wind.8
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Bay View, an all-electric, net water positive campus with the largest geothermal installation in North America, and the first campus designed by Google. Photo by Iwan Baanis

Advancing water stewardship

We use water to help cool our data centers, and in our offices around the world. We strive to be responsible stewards of every resource we use, including water.

We aim to replenish 120% of the freshwater8 volume we consume, on average, across our offices and data centers by 2030, and to help restore and improve the quality of water and health of ecosystems in the communities where we operate.

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Accelerating a circular economy

Our work toward a more circular economy cuts across all our core business operations including our data centers, workplaces, and consumer hardware products, and spans the entire value chain from safer chemistry and manufacturing waste to electronic waste recycling and eliminating single-use plastics.

We aim to maximize the reuse of finite resources across our operations, products, and supply chains and enable others to do the same.

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Striving to protect and enhance nature and biodiversity through our campuses and technology

Preserving nature is critical both to mitigating climate change and adapting to it.

With hundreds of offices around the world, Google is mindful of the potential impact on local nature and biodiversity on our campuses and in the surrounding communities and ecosystems. Our aim is for nature and people to flourish together in the spaces that Google calls home.

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Stay informed

Stay up to date on our news and progress.

    1 Fuel-efficient routing was first launched in the U.S. in 2021. In 2023, we started rolling out fuel-efficient routing to India and Indonesia, adding to our existing coverage in the United States, Canada, Egypt, and nearly 40 European countries.

    2 Google uses an AI prediction model to estimate the expected fuel or energy consumption for each route option when users request driving directions. We identify the route that we predict will consume the least amount of fuel or energy. If this route is not already the fastest one and it offers meaningful energy and fuel savings with only a small increase in driving time, we recommend it to the user. To calculate enabled emissions reductions, we tally the fuel usage from the chosen fuel-efficient routes and subtract it from the predicted fuel consumption that would have occurred on the fastest route without fuel-efficient routing and apply adjustments for factors such as: CO2e factors, fleet mix factors, well-to-wheels factors, and powertrain mismatch factors. We then input the estimated prevented emissions into the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator to calculate equivalent cars off the road for a year. The cumulative figure covers estimated emissions prevented after fuel-efficient routing was launched, from October 2021 through December 2023, while the annual figure covers estimated emissions prevented from January 2023 through December 2023. Enabled emissions reductions estimates include inherent uncertainty due to factors that include the lack of primary data and precise information about real-world actions and their effects. These factors contribute to a range of possible outcomes, within which we report a central value.

    3 Our updated Fuel Cost Calculator, currently available in 21 countries, now includes results for both electric and fuel-based cars.
    4 Fuel-efficient routing in Google Maps is currently available in the United States, Canada, Egypt, and nearly 40 European countries.
    5 By the end of 2023, Google Maps contained approximately 400,000 EV charging locations globally.
    6 We now feature more climate-friendly transportation options in Search, showcasing long-distance train routes in 38 countries(1) and long-distance bus routes in 15 countries(2). (1) Train information on Search is available for travel in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States. (2) Bus information on Search is available for travel in the following countries: Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
    7 We aim to reduce 50% of our combined Scope 1, Scope 2 (market-based), and Scope 3 absolute emissions (compared to our 2019 base year) by 2030, and we plan to invest in nature-based and technology-based carbon removal solutions to neutralize our remaining emissions.
    8 We define freshwater as naturally occurring water from surface or groundwater sources that isn’t salty, and is suitable for consumption if clean or processed. Freshwater excludes seawater and reclaimed wastewater.
    9 Carbon-free energy is any type of electricity generation that doesn’t directly emit carbon dioxide, including (but not limited to) solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, and nuclear. Sustainable biomass and carbon capture and storage (CCS) are special cases considered on a case-by-case basis, but are often also considered carbon-free energy sources.