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Our Sustainability Commitment & Plan

A shared journey for a shared future

Learning from each other is good for the planet

At Microsoft, we share our sustainability story–the why, what, and how of what we do–in the hope it goes some small way in supporting you to achieve your sustainability goals. We believe that a shared journey for a shared future lies in learning from each other’s commitments, plans, tools, and resources.


Our areas of focus

We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and supporting you in achieving your sustainability goals. The areas we can have the most impact are carbon, ecosystems, water, and waste.

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Carbon

We have been carbon neutral across the world since 2012 and are committed to being carbon negative by 2030. Our goal is to promote sustainable development and low-carbon business practices globally through our sustainable business practices and cloud-enabled technologies.

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Ecosystems

We are taking responsibility for our land footprint by committing to permanently protect and restore more land than we use by 2025. By building the tools and services to monitor and model impacts from climate or human behaviour, we can promote better understanding of our ecosystems.

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Water

We are creating and employing tools and services to help address the world’s water challenges, including scarcity, pollution, ocean health and dramatically reducing the amount of water used at datacentres. Our work enables organisations big and small to make smarter decisions about water.

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Waste

We think every device should be made with an emphasis on sustainability and aim to continually improve all our products. At our facilities, we eliminate waste through material reuse, recycling, and reducing material source consumption. All waste is treated with environmentally responsible methods.

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Practical Resources

The “Good for your business, good for the planet” e-book

Good for your business, good for the planet

Get started, do more, partner, and innovate. Discover how Microsoft can support your sustainability journey.

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Four simple steps to unlock your net-zero carbon future e-book

Four simple steps to unlock your net-zero carbon future

Understand-Evaluate-Incentivise-Enlist: these four steps can help to reduce your carbon footprint over time.

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The Microsoft Sustainability Calculator is coming soon

A practical tool to better understand your total Microsoft cloud-based carbon emissions to help reduce your environmental impact.

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A decade of progress

We have learned so much over the last 10 years about how to commit to a planet-sized challenge. Significant investments have improved our sustainability and reduced our historic carbon footprint. In 2020 we stated our belief that those of us who can afford to move faster and go further should do so. That is why we announced an ambitious goal and new plan to reduce and ultimately remove Microsoft’s carbon footprint. This timeline highlights our key sustainability milestones and commitments.

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  • 2019-Today
  • 2015-2018
  • 2013-2015
  • 2009-2012
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Carbon negative by 2030

Microsoft has announced an aggressive program to cut direct and supply chain carbon emissions by more than half by 2030.

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Historical emission removal by 2050

By 2050, Microsoft will eliminate its historical carbon footprint by removing all of the carbon the company has emitted since its 1975 founding.

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A $1 billion innovation fund

Our new Climate Innovation Fund will accelerate the global development of carbon reduction, capture, and removal technologies.

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Devices Sustainability at Microsoft

Microsoft Devices is committed to increasing the sustainability of Microsoft’s products and supply chain. This FY20 report details progress and efforts in its ‘Healthy Design and Healthy Planet’ Sustainability strategies.

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Let’s bring the details to life

Explore the detail of our commitments and projects with blogs, videos, and resources. Experience an interactive look at ecosystems and Microsoft’s footprint mapping, and how Microsoft Circular Centers help achieve zero waste.

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