Google launches more ways to help people make sustainable choices
Surfacing credible information on Search When people come to Google Search with questions about climate change, Google will show authoritative information from sources like the United Nations, in addition to the existing news sources that they surface—all part of their goal to help one billion people make more sustainable choices by 2022. Travel and shop more sustainably New features will also be added to help make decisions about travelling — from what flights to book to where to stay. Launching globally today, Google is bringing carbon emissions information to Google Flights. People will be able to see associated carbon emissions per seat for every flight, and quickly find lower-carbon options. When searching for hotels, information on the hotels’ sustainability efforts will be shown, from waste reduction and water conservation measures to whether they’re Green Key or EarthCheck certified. Google is also helping people make more sustainable choices when they shop, starting with home appliances. When searching for energy-intensive products like dishwashers or water heaters, suggestions in the Shopping tab will help narrow search results to cost-effective and sustainable options. Supporting clean energy from home For over a decade, Nest thermostats have helped people save energy at home. Google is taking these efforts a step further with a new service called Nest Renew. Using a feature called Energy Shift, compatible Nest thermostats can help users automatically shift electricity usage for heating and cooling to times when energy is cleaner or less expensive. For those who want to do more to help support the growth of clean energy, Google will offer a paid subscription option, Renew Premium, that will match your fossil fuel electricity at home with high-quality renewable energy credits generated from the same projects in Google's energy portfolio. Getting around more sustainably Traveling by car is one of the more carbon-intensive choices people make on a daily basis. Starting today in the U.S., and in Europe in 2022, Google Maps will let people choose the most fuel-efficient route if it isn’t already the fastest one. It is estimated to save over one million tons of carbon emissions per year — the equivalent of removing over 200,000 cars from the road — and save people money by reducing fuel consumption.