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Google’s newest Carbon Sense suite for Carbon reporting

Google committed to go carbon-free by 2030



Google has launched a suite where it has combined carbon reporting features in its cloud services. This tool reportedly comes with an AI-based feature that helps the customers reduce the carbon emissions of their cloud activity.

Carbon Sense is the name given to the suite and it includes Google’s existing features like Carbon Footprint, used to measure carbon emissions by cloud usage. An updated tool that recommends ways of cutting down those emissions by switching off the unused resources is an addition to its already existing Active Assist (a portfolio of intelligent tools that helps you optimize your cloud operations with recommendations). The new tool utilizes Google Cloud’s AIOps (artificial intelligence for IT operations) platform to notice the idle projects and may intelligently turn off or recover them.

In 2021, Google reported over 600,000 gross kgCO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) emissions by idle virtual machines at its Data centres. As different Google Cloud regions use electricity which may be highly carbon-intensive, the suite will also integrate a feature called ‘low-carbon signals’ that informs customers of the ‘cleaner’ regions to run their workloads.

“The carbon emissions associated with your cloud infrastructure can be a big part of your overall environmental footprint,” product managers Cheng Wei and Dima Melnyk said in Google’s blog post. Moreover, the blog post stated “we are committed to running our operations on carbon-free energy 24×7 by 2030. And once you’re running on Google Cloud, if you want to reduce the gross carbon emissions of your workload you can take action to optimize your usage.”

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