Microsoft has just announced an ambitious goal and a new plan to reduce and ultimately remove its carbon footprint. By 2030, Microsoft will be carbon negative, and by 2050 it will remove from the environment all the carbon it has emitted directly or through electricity since it was founded in 1975.
At a Microsoft Campus event in Redmond, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, President Brad Smith, CFO Amy Hood, and Chief Environmental Officer Luccas Joppa announced the company’s new objectives and detailed the plan for achieving the negative carbon target.
“Although the planet needs us to reach the zero carbon target, we who can do it faster and can go beyond the target must do so. That’s why today we announced an ambitious goal and a new plan to reduce and ultimately end Microsoft’s carbon footprint, ”said Microsoft President Brad Smith. “By 2030, Microsoft will be carbon negative, and by 2050 it will remove from the environment all the carbon it has emitted directly or through energy consumption since it was founded in 1975.”
For more information about Microsoft’s ambitious carbon reduction plan, see the official technology blog.
The company introduced an aggressive program to reduce carbon emissions by more than half by 2030 for both direct emissions and the entire supply chain. This means reducing Microsoft’s direct emissions and the energy-related emissions it uses to near zero by the middle of this decade.
A new initiative to use Microsoft technology to help suppliers and customers worldwide reduce their own carbon footprint has also been announced. In addition, a $ 1 billion dedicated environmental innovation fund was created to accelerate the global development of carbon reduction, capture and removal technologies.
Early next year, the company will also make carbon reduction an explicit condition in its product and service procurement processes. A new Annual Environmental Sustainability Report will detail Microsoft’s carbon impact and its reduction journey. Finally, the company will use its voice and diplomacy to support public policies that accelerate carbon reduction and removal.
During Building the Future, an event taking place later this month in Lisbon will be Vahe Torossian, Microsoft’s vice president, who will give a presentation on this commitment and all the work the company has been doing in the area of sustainability.
For more information, please refer to the Microsoft website.