Internet heavyweight Google has reported its carbon footprint for 2010 at a whopping 1.46 million metric tons- a figure bigger than countries such as Togo or Laos. Published for the first time ever, the company have defended their emissions by insisting that without efficiency measures the figure might have been twice as big.
According to the figures from Google, an average internet search uses about 0.0003 kWh of energy to answer the average search query. This translates into roughly 0.2g of carbon dioxide. Google uses 2.2 kWh per Gmail user every year, and generates 1.2 kg of carbon dioxide.
Google say that their purchasing and generating of renewable energy, as well as buying carbon offsets, they bring their carbon impact down to zero. Google’s 2010 electricity consumption was 2,259,998 MWh.
The company came under scrutiny in 2009 following reports that their searches carried the weight of 7g of CO2.