has to help users gain a better understanding of their environmental impact as part of the company's broader efforts to combat climate change. The shows the gross carbon emissions linked to the electricity consumption of someone's Cloud Platform use. It displays emissions over time and can break down the data by project, product and region.
Companies will be able to roll this information into their own emissions data for internal audits and making carbon disclosures (they can export the data to Salesforce Sustainability Cloud, for instance). Google stressed that the figures relate to a user's gross carbon emissions, since the company has been . It plans to by 2030.
Google Cloud will also flag applications that are not in use, as well as their carbon emissions. Google suggests that deleting apps identified by the will help companies mitigate security risks, lower costs and reduce their carbon footprint.
Google #EarthEngine is now available in preview to commercial customers via Google Cloud Platform. We're building on our long track record on environmental impact to enable companies and governments that want to make progress on climate action. https://t.co/j2EXcalf4h
— Google Earth (@googleearth) October 12, 2021
In addition, Google is bringing to the Cloud Platform for . Using satellite imagery, data sets and other tools, companies can harness Earth Engine to "track, monitor and predict changes in the Earth’s surface" caused by extreme weather events or human activity. That, Google says, will enable businesses to reduce and mitigate risks, "become more resilient to climate change threats" and save money. Companies can for access to Earth Engine through Google Cloud.
Last week, Google unveiled a string of features that highlight the environmental impact of consumer choices. , while Google Flights started showing carbon emission estimates for almost all trips. , meanwhile, can switch your thermostat on or off depending on the availability of clean energy. In addition, Google is hoping to use AI to and reduce pollution from idle cars.