In the past, performing a search meant visiting the reference desk at the library. Today, search engines have replaced that role, providing instantaneous answers to billions of queries, and changing the face of business. Google is able to provide this service, and provide it using energy efficient data centers.
Google is aware that information technology consumes energy, and that the amount consumed continues to increase over time. For this reason, Google ensures that the energy used per search has a minimal impact. In fact, a personal computer will use more energy to perform a search than Google uses to answer it. This is very impressive, seeing as how Google is speedy-returning results to queries in less than 0.2 seconds. This is an average figure for search results, seeing as how queries vary in degree of difficulty.
One Google search is equivalent to approximately 0.2 grams of CO2.Currently, the EU standard for tailpipe emissions calls for 140 grams of C02 per kilometer driven, and most cars do not reach that level. In 2008, Google.org invested a cool $45 million in breakthrough clean energy technologies. As the future progresses, it is important that companies invest in greener methods to reduce carbon footprints and preserve the environment.
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