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Ray Pinto
Senior Government Affairs Manager

 

Ray’s primary role is engaging with governments, business partners and non-governmental organizations to better understand the impact of the information and communication technology (ICT) industry can enable solutions for the planet’s biggest challenges.  Ray leads Microsoft’s government policies in the area of environment, energy, education and healthcare policy for the regions of Europe, Middle East and Africa. Microsoft invests in research and development to provide tools and solutions for energy efficiency and protecting and understanding nature’s fragile ecosystems as well as reducing the companies own operational, supply chain and product carbon footprint and resource needs.  The company is accelerating technology trends to move healthcare to be more patient centric and preventive to empower people to live healthier lives and to reduce cost for economies. Microsoft has also developed programs to make education more accessible across diverse populations and cultures and increasing the availability of much needed skills.
 
Microsoft has initiated an Enabling Technology Coalition for academia, NGOs, government and industry to develop data, methodologies and indicators to better measure the exact nature of the impact of ICTs on these challenges. For more information please visit www.enablingtechnology.eu.
 
Ray chairs the Sustainability Taskforce for TechAmerica Europe leading a delegation of global companies to the COP process of the UNFCCC engaging governments to better understand the role of energy and resource efficiency technologies. He is also the vice-chair of the BIAC Task Force on Health Care Policy which is an advisory body of industry to the OECD. 
 
He has a regular blog post on at www.microsoft.eu.

Author's entries

  • EU Energy Week

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 24 June 2014

    A group of students from the Copenhagen Business School came to visit the Brussels Microsoft Centre to learn more about our technologies and our policy work in the EU framework. It is always a great experience to talk to such intelligent young people, who bring a lot of curiosity and innovative thinking into our daily routine.

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  • Does cloud computing really offer a way to reduce energy demands?

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 27 June 2013

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  • New World of Work: Is employee productivity versus happiness a necessary trade off?

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 03 May 2013

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  • Microsoft building biogas-powered data center in Wyoming

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 01 Feb. 2013

    Earlier this year our colleagues in Global Foundation Services shared a concept for what they called a Data Plant, a fuel cell-powered data center designed to run on biogas generated from landfills or water treatment plants.

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  • Green Standards Week: joining forces for global change

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 02 Oct. 2012

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  • Transformative technology for active and healthy ageing

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 20 April 2012

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  • Reducing emissions of data centre activity

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 19 March 2012

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  • Virtual climate summits to cut carbon emissions

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 13 Dec. 2011

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  • Exploring the sustainable society of tomorrow

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 18 Nov. 2011

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  • Microsoft’s quest for greater efficiency in the cloud

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 09 Sept. 2011

    I underlined in several of my previous posts that cloud computing brings great benefits such as scalability and increased energy efficiency, but what about the next phase? As data centers grow in capacity and the rate of adoption increases, we need also to look to the future.

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  • Microsoft President International at INSEAD: IT and climate change

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 07 Sept. 2011

    I've just re-watched this video of Jean-Philippe Courtois talking to INSEAD about the role that IT can play in mitigating climate change, answering that age-old question: what does the ICT industry have to do with climate change?! It's nearly a couple of years old, but still relevant

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  • The imperative of energy efficient IT

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 23 Aug. 2011

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  • Cloud computing-based German innovation helps reduce energy costs

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 29 July 2011

    EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger has said that “The cheapest energy is the one we don’t consume”. Private households also need to reduce their energy needs, and doing so makes economic sense too: lowering your room temperature by just three degrees can save 20 percent on heating costs. Even reducing temperature by a single degree can cut consumption by 6 percent.

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  • How does Windows 7 manage power and use energy efficiently?

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 08 July 2011

    Microsoft’s latest products are geared towards enabling users to be more productive and to do their work faster and more efficiently. But as well as being user-friendly, its products have also been specifically crafted to manage power efficiently, reducing both energy use and your overall electricity bill.

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  • Video interview: The role of ICT in reaching a low carbon economy

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 23 May 2011

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  • Toyota and Microsoft accelerate into cloud-enabled car technology

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 18 April 2011

    Environmental futurists have said smart cars will increasingly be able to provide drivers GPS information that will help avoid and create traffic.

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  • Capgemini and City of Texel build smart lighting system with cloud computing

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 16 March 2011

    I would like to highlight a recent example from the Netherlands where, Microsoft Partner, Capgemini, will provide a ground-breaking pilot of a smart public lighting system based on Microsoft’s cloud environment, Windows Azure in the Dutch city of Texel.

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  • Saving energy costs and boosting productivity at Greek Public Power Corporation

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 16 Feb. 2011

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  • Environmental sustainability in the cloud

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 25 Jan. 2011

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  • Can, could and did at Cancun – outcomes of the COP 16

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 21 Dec. 2010

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  • First impressions from COP16

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 03 Dec. 2010

    After shaking off the jet lag and escaping the European chill I am walking into the UN Conference for Climate Change also known as COP 16 (Conference of the Parties) being held this year in sunny Cancun, Mexico and in its 3rd day.

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  • Can you measure carbon abatement through cloud computing?

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 10 Nov. 2010

    The Europe 2020 strategy is driving massive change across European life. The Barroso Commission is not only striving for a stronger economy and more competitive Europeans but it  demands that we act smart in the process.

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  • Microsoft’s energy saving cloud

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 29 Oct. 2010

    I just saw Rob Bernard our Chief Environment Strategist in an interview on CNN on how we and the ICT industry are trying to tackle the increasing energy consumption of data centers.

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  • New GeSI study: the role of ICT in reducing the global carbon footprint

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 28 Oct. 2010

    The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), just released its latest recommendations in a recent report on the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in reducing global carbon emissions by increasing use of technology across varied sectors.

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  • What is the Carbon Disclosure Project?

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 22 July 2010

    How do you hit a carbon emissions target if you don’t know how much you are producing? This question was answered by the Carbon Disclosure Project that transparently publishes the carbon emissions of 2,500 organizations in some 60 countries around the world.

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  • Video interview: Environmental challenge, an industry opportunity?

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 07 July 2010

    Europe’s own environmental visionary Dennis Pamlin (Senior Associate Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and senior Advisor B4E) reminds us of the power of technology to not only lead to solutions but generate tremendous wealth for Europe. For Pamlin the next major investments in urban infrastructure over the next 30 years needs to be done in a smarter and more efficient way.

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  • Video interview: Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Strategist on ICT and a cleaner economy

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 30 June 2010

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  • 1-minute video: what can Microsoft do for the environment?

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 06 May 2010

    I'm often asked why Microsoft is getting involved in environmental issues: people assume it is not our issue or that internet and communication technologies can help. Wrong! Technology is not the solution but an important enabler for energy efficiency and reductions in greenhouse gases.

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  • Why are we passionate about Earth Day?

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 23 April 2010

    40 years ago Earth Day started as a grassroots movement to build ecological awareness on an issue largely misunderstood as anti-economy.

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  • In Steve Ballmer’s own words: DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS!

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 01 April 2010

    Developers are the lifeblood of Microsoft. I know, I know, it’s a well-worn Microsoft mantra but believe me, it’s never been more true. Today, the hunger for new technologies is only growing.

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  • Expert interviews: innovating in Europe

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 17 March 2010

    Innovation is now the catch phrase for the European Commission but an important one to try and resolve issues facing the EU and the world. From climate change to healthcare society faces many ‘grand challenges’ that will demand the brightest minds in both government, academia and the private sector.

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  • New York Times article on the Dublin Data Centre!

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 15 Feb. 2010

    As you may have read before on this site, we opened one of the largest data centres in Europe just last year in Dublin. Large-scale facilities such as this can play a big role in the development of cloud computing, providing companies with better and cheaper computing facilities. Great news to resource-strapped companies in particular.

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  • Bend the Trend: my two-minute pitch

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 12 Feb. 2010

    Think industry is the biggest emitter of C02?

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  • eco:Drive by Fiat - becoming a more efficient driver

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 04 Feb. 2010

    It’s not a new story, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve to be told again! In 2008, Fiat introduced eco:Drive for Fiat Blue&Me powered by Microsoft, the first tool in the world to actually interact directly with drivers to analyse their habits at the wheel and make recommendations on how they can drive more efficiently.

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  • Environmental Atlas of Europe

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 14 Dec. 2009

    The European Environment Agency and Microsoft launched their latest project this month - the Environmental Atlas of Europe (Atlas) at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen.

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  • Meeting sustainability requirements in Microsoft Data Centers in Europe

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 19 Oct. 2009

    We at Microsoft are delighted to see the opening of the first "mega data center" here in Europe. The Dublin Data Center is part of Microsoft’s long-term commitment in the region, and is a major step in realising Microsoft’s Software plus Services strategy.

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