Microsoft wants to completely reduce historical emissions

Posted on 14 Apr 2020

As a technology giant, Microsoft has a large carbon footprint. But Microsoft has proposed a particularly ambitious plan to reduce emissions and offset all historical emissions since the company was founded in 1975.

Sustainable production of technology

Microsoft's plan follows previous initiatives by major global players such as Amazon and Google to reduce their emissions. Employees within these companies also more often call on their management to make efforts to limit emissions. In his speech to explain the climate plan, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was very clear: "If the past decade has taught us anything, it is that technology that is not sustainably produced does more good than harm."

Internal “emission tax”

Microsoft sets some deadlines ahead. For example, the company aims to be carbon negative by 2030 and remove all carbon it has ever produced by 2050 since its inception in 1975. To meet these goals, a plan is on the table that includes many initiatives. For example, Microsoft will establish a $ 1 billion climate fund to invest in technology that removes carbon dioxide. Microsoft is currently financing projects that remove carbon dioxide from the air. The technology giant will invest heavily in renewable energy sources for its offices, production sites and data centers. Furthermore, only electric cars will be purchased from now on. The (re) construction of forests and the massive storage of captured carbon dioxide are other plans. Internally, Microsoft will also “tax” the business units that provide emissions within the company so that they make greater efforts to deliver work that ensures as little emissions as possible in all areas.

Source: The Guardian

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