On January 16, 2020, Microsoft announced its commitment to be carbon negative by 2030 and that it will remove all the carbon it has emitted either directly or via electricity consumption since it was founded in 1975 by 2050. Additionally, it will create a $1 billion climate innovation fund to accelerate the development of carbon reduction and removal technologies. As a part of this goal, Microsoft will reduce its emissions by more than half by 2030 , extending across its entire business and supply chain
Microsoft also announced that it will:
– Work with customers and partners to help them track and reduce their own carbon footprints
– Use its voice to advocate for public policies that support a gloabal, low-carbon economy.
Microsoft’s AI for Earth Initiative
This announcemnet represents Microsoft’s expanded emphasis on and commitment to environmental sustainability.
It’s existing AI for Earth represents one piece of Microsoft’s overall sustainability efforts. The initiative encompasses a five-year, $50-million program that brings the full advantage of Microsoft technology to those working to solve global environmental challenges in the key focus areas of climate, agriculture, water and biodiversity conservation.
Microsoft Sustainability Calculator
Microsoft is empowering its customers and partners with new product features to track and reduce carbon. One of these new product features is the now-available Microsoft Sustainability Calculator. This tool is a new Power BI dashboard that shows emissions performance from cloud and Azure services. This enables customers to understand the carbon impacts of their cloud workloads, discover the potential benefits from fully migrating to Azure, and assists them in reporting their carbon footprint for IT services in the often hard-to-track Scope 3 category of emissions.
In this video you will see a demonstration of how the Microsoft Sustainability Calculator works to track carbon emissions for Microsoft customers.
As part of Microsoft’s commitment to achieve net-zero carbon in its business operations, the company is shifting to 100 percent renewable energy in its datacenters by 2025.