Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 16 October 2019

Google plans to invest €3 billion in Europe data centres

Company's investments will support 13,000 full-time jobs in the European Union

Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai (L) while addressing media with Finnish Prime minister Antti Rinne in Helsinki on Friday. EPA
Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai (L) while addressing media with Finnish Prime minister Antti Rinne in Helsinki on Friday. EPA

Google will invest €3 billion ($3.3 billion) to expand its data centres across Europe in the next two years, company’s top boss said on Friday.

Chief executive Sundar Pichai says it will bring the company's total investments in the continent's internet infrastructure to €15bn since 2007.

Mr Pichai met with Finnish Prime Minister Antii Rinne on Friday in Helsinki and said the investments will support 13,000 full-time jobs in the European Union every year.

He also noted that Google is investing heavily in renewable energy, an initiative announced ahead of global rallies calling for action to guard against climate change. Employees at Google and other big US tech companies such as Amazon and Microsoft planned to participate in the "global climate strike" on Friday.

The Google project will include the construction of more than €1bn in new energy infrastructure in the EU, among them a new offshore wind project in Belgium, five solar energy projects in Denmark and two wind energy projects in each Sweden and Finland. There are also projects in the US and South America.

Mr Pichai said that once these projects come online, Google's carbon-free energy portfolio will produce more electricity than places like Washington or entire countries like Lithuania or Uruguay use each year.

Updated: September 20, 2019 03:12 PM

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