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Our Footprint

Environmental sustainability is core to our business practices. It influences our day-to-day operations, inspires us to develop more efficient IT solutions, and motivates us to give our employees tools that will help them act responsibly for our environment.

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Our Environmental Footprint

Microsoft Is Carbon Neutral

In May 2012, Microsoft made a commitment to make our operations carbon neutral: to achieve net zero emissions for our data centers, software development labs, offices, and employee business air travel in over 100 countries around the world. To achieve this goal, we have implemented an internal carbon fee which places a price on carbon and aims to improve energy efficiency, increase our purchase of renewable energy, improve data collection and reporting, and further aligns to our ongoing goal of reducing our environmental impact.

How the Carbon Fee Works
We established an internal carbon fee based on current market pricing for renewable energy and carbon offsets. Business groups are financially responsible for the cost to offset their carbon emissions. Learn more

Additional Carbon Reduction Activities
The carbon fee is part of broader company initiatives to demonstrate responsible environmental leadership. Microsoft has invested in programs that reduce environmental impact across its worldwide business operations, from facilities and supply chain to the efficiency of its software products.

Learn more about our goals and strategies

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Keechi Wind Project

Microsoft has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy in Texas that will be funded in part by proceeds from Microsoft’s carbon fee. The agreement with RES Americas will see Microsoft purchase all of the energy from Keechi Wind project, a 110 MW wind facility 70 miles northwest of Ft. Worth, Texas, near the town of Jacksboro.
Keechi Wind Project
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The Microsoft Carbon Fee: Theory and Practice

This guide presents what a carbon fee is, why to consider this model, and how to implement it to achieve your organization’s objectives.

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Microsoft Carbon Fee