Microsoft has announced an ambitious goal and a new plan to reduce and ultimately remove its carbon footprint. By 2030 Microsoft says it will be carbon negative, and by 2050 it will have removed from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975.
“While the world will need to reach net zero, those of us who can afford to move faster and go further should do so,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith.
The company also announced a new initiative to use Microsoft technology to help its suppliers and customers around the world reduce their own carbon footprints and a new $1 billion climate innovation fund to accelerate the global development of carbon reduction, capture and removal technologies. Beginning next year, the company will also make carbon reduction an explicit aspect of our procurement processes for its supply chain. A new annual Environmental Sustainability Report will detail Microsoft’s carbon impact and reduction journey. And lastly, the company will use its voice and advocacy to support public policy that will accelerate carbon reduction and removal opportunities.
The Official Microsoft Blog has more information about the company’s bold goal and detailed plan to remove its carbon footprint here: