The President of United States has decided to leave the 2015 Paris climate agreement but the U.S.-based tech companies are rallying behind it. The move by the President has been met with dismay from other world leaders who have signed up to the accord but most of the protest is coming from the west coast of America itself, notes news site BBC News.
Microsoft committed to doing its part for the Paris agreement
The Chief Executives of Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Apple have censured the decision of the President. Elon Musk, the Chief Executive of Tesla Motors and a member of business panel of Mr. Trump, has announced that he would leave the post. On the micro-blogging giant, which both Trump and Musk use excessively, the SpaceX CEO posted, “Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.”
Many firms, including Amazon and IBM, have said that they would continue to try to meet the goals of the climate deal. In a statement, the technology giant said, “IBM supported – and still supports – US participation in the Paris Agreement.” Because of the large energy demands of their data centres, several tech companies have faced scrutiny from environmentalists.
Brad Smith, the president and chief legal officer of the software maker ‘Microsoft’, said his company is still committed to doing its part for the agreement. According to a report, the U.S. data centres consumed roughly as much energy as six-and-a-half million US homes, which is over 70 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.
Tech companies invest heavily to make their operations more environment-friendly
The Cupertino-based iPhone making giant – Apple Inc. – has said that 96% of its energy is coming from renewable sources and the tech company is pushing its suppliers to do the same. The search giant – Google – says it will soon be completing its aim to offset 100% of its data centres’ energy use against renewable power.
Matthew Ball, analyst at Canalys, says “A lot of these firms have already invested in renewables and [leaving the Paris deal] counters what they’re currently invested in.” Mr. Ball says, “It kind of gives a sign that the US is not going to be at the forefront of the technology innovation that’s going to be required to meet the agreement’s goals. It gives the edge to the European and Chinese firms.”