Google on Friday said it’s investing 3 billion euros, or about $3.3 billion, in data centers across Europe over the next two years. The company also said it will invest an additional 600 million euros next year to expand Google’s data centers in Hamina, Finland. The moves bring Google’s total investment in Europe’s internet infrastructure to 15 billion euros since 2007, the company said. ”We look forward to partnering with governments and other stakeholders in the months and years ahead,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post. “Together, we can make sure every European benefits from a strong and sustainable digital economy.”He said the data center in Finland “serves as a model of sustainability and energy efficiency for all of our data centers.”Google made the announcement the same day climate strikes kicked off around the world on Friday, aimed at drawing international attention toward environmental issues. Hundreds of Google employees said they’d join local protests. On Thursday, Pichai also announced the company was making a major investment in renewable energy, with 18 new energy deals across the US, Chile and Europe. That includes purchasing energy from solar farms in South Carolina, North Carolina and Texas, and making data center investments in… Read full this story
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