As of Wednesday, Google Maps eco-friendly routing is live in the U.S.
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On Wednesday, Google launched a suite of changes to many of its core products to help consumers make sustainable choices more easily.
“Today, climate change is more than a threat,” Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and parent company Alphabet, said in a prerecorded video during a virtual press event Tuesday. “It is a real and present danger. From wildfires to flooding to more frequent and severe storms, climate change is the most profound risk we face, one that affects our health, our economies and our future together on this planet.”
Google has been a corporate leader in sustainability. It became carbon-neutral in 2007, meaning that it has purchased offsets to balance all carbon-emitting energy sources since then, and has pledged to run on carbon-free energy by 2030.
“That means every question you ask Google, every email you send, every YouTube video you watch will be delivered without emitting any carbon into the air,” Pichai said. “We think of this as a moonshot” — a long-term bet that could have a big impact.
With the suite of product updates, Google hopes to make sustainability the easier choice, Pichai said.
Here are the changes Google is making to its products. Some of these updates are available as of Wednesday and some are still down the road.
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Google Maps will default to the most eco-friendly route when the…