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The road to net zero

With Australia committing to net zero emissions by 2050, our journey to a sustainable future will be spearheaded by innovation. Organisations of all sizes are committed to innovating and investing in new technologies to reach their own net zero goals. But for the nation to achieve its ambition, the road to net zero must be paved by action as well as good intentions.

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68% are suffering from a delivery deficit

The majority of organisations have set strong sustainability goals but lack the resources to follow through.

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34% will miss net zero

Most organisations have committed to net zero by 2050, but over a third are expected to miss their targets.

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43% are short on sustainability skills

Close to half of organisations lack the in-house expertise they need to put their sustainability strategies into practice.

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49% are failing to invest in sustainable tech

80% of business leaders say innovation is key to sustainability – but just half are investing in the necessary technology.

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Download the report

Most Australian organisations have committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. But how are they tracking against their sustainability goals? Where are they excelling? What challenges are they facing? How do industries compare? And what steps do climate experts and sustainability consultants recommend organisations take to accelerate their paths to net zero?

Industry net zero pathways

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The retail experience

As Australia pledges to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, how can the retail sector best navigate its way to a sustainable future? Deep dive into how retailers are tracking on their transition to net zero, and get advice from experts and organisations in the retail sector on specific challenges and next steps.

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Focusing on financial services

The financial services sector has already taken a number of actions to reduce emissions, but it still has plenty of work to do in order to meet 2050 net zero targets. So how can the financial services sector shrink its carbon footprint? What are the challenges and next steps this sector needs to take to achieve a sustainable future?

Meet the Australian organisations spearheading sustainability

Businesses and government organisations are investing in an innovation-powered net zero future, using Microsoft technologies to drive change across industries and communities.

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Vulnerable Pacific Islands look to data to cope with disasters and help heal the environment

The tiny islands of the Pacific face big environmental challenges and constant threats from natural disasters. They have built a new platform called Digital Earth Pacific on Microsoft’s powerful Planetary Computer to help find solutions.
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    Arnott’s Group transforms its sustainability measurement capabilities

    The Arnott’s Group deploys Microsoft Sustainability Manager to unify data intelligence and provide comprehensive, integrated and automated sustainability management – to better measure emissions across its value chain.

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    GrainCorp to reap the rewards of optimised delivery routes using cloud-based analytics

    Cloud analytics infrastructure is enabling GrainCorp to pilot a freight optimisation model to optimise its routes and resources across its distribution network.

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    A conversation with NAB’s David Gall about Australia’s road to net zero

    David Gall, Group Executive of Corporate and Institutional Banking, NAB, shares how NAB is progressing against its targets, how it’s upskilling its employees on sustainability, and how it’s empowering clients to turn the net zero transition into a win-win.

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    Digital twin and sustainability data model drive value – from bedrock to boardroom for Newcrest

    Microsoft is collaborating with Newcrest on programs of work including the use of digital twins to improve operational performance and a high-impact sustainability data model.

  • Larry Marshall(CSIRO Chief Executive) shitting on sofa and Steven Worrall (Managing Director, Microsoft ANZ) standing behind with arm resting on beside sofa

    Could a net zero future boost Australia’s GDP by 36 per cent? A conversation with CSIRO’s Dr Larry Marshall

    Dr Larry Marshall, CEO, CSIRO shares how he thinks Australia is tracking on sustainability, the latest scientific breakthroughs and explains how CSIRO is empowering emissions-intensive industries like aviation and mining to innovate towards net zero.

  • Ros Harvey, Founder and CEO at The Yield

    How business and environmental performance are intertwined in Australia’s net zero future: a

    Ros Harvey, Founder and CEO at The Yield shares her thoughts on Australia’s climate action strategies and how The Yield is building a culture of sustainability to support growth within the agricultural sector, but with less environmental impact.

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    Microsoft and Accenture Support Sustainability and Social Impact-Focused Start-Ups in ANZ Through Project Amplify

    The joint initiative, called Project Amplify, provides hands-on support and technologies to help social enterprises develop proof-of-concepts, scale emerging solutions, and refine their business models.

Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability

Record your footprint, connecting data to discover emissions across your organisation. Report your progress, communicating your environmental impact and progress in near real time. Reduce your emissions, with insights on how to make lasting change. Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability is now available for preview.
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Our journey

At Microsoft, we are working to remove the equivalent of all our historic carbon emissions by 2050. It’s an audacious goal and we don’t have all the answers, but we hope that by sharing our story – the why and how of what we do – we can support other organisations to realise their own sustainability ambitions.

Solutions to support your journey

No matter where your organisation is on the road to net zero, Microsoft’s solutions can help you move forward.


Innovate for net zero

Find out how Microsoft technology can accelerate your organisation’s sustainability journey.

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Practise responsible procurement

Verify the sustainability of your technology supply chain with Microsoft Devices Sustainability Report.

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Realise your sustainability goals

Discover videos, whitepapers, reports and other resources to support your sustainability journey.