Our commitment to a more sustainable future

Microsoft is accelerating progress toward a more sustainable future by reducing our environmental footprint, accelerating research, helping our customers build sustainable solutions and advocating for policies that benefit the environment.

Over a decade of progress toward a more sustainable future

Microsoft is accelerating progress toward a more sustainable future by reducing our environmental footprint, accelerating research, helping our customers build sustainable solutions and advocating for policies that benefit the environment.

Areas of focus

Across all the work we do, we strive to make the greatest impact in the following areas:

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Progressing toward our carbon reduction goals

We’ve reduced company emissions by 15.6 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

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Direct emission reductions of 9.5 million tons

We cut energy consumption by 10 percent across the 125 buildings on Microsoft’s main campus, reducing carbon emissions as a result.

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Internal Carbon Fee

An internal carbon fee implemented in 2012, makes make our business divisions financially responsible for reducing their carbon emissions.

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Reducing Microsoft’s Carbon Footprint

New business practices and cloud-enabled technologies lowered our carbon emissions globally.

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Commitment to greener datacenters

Microsoft set a goal to reach 60 percent renewable energy by 2020.

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Annual green energy purchases of 1.1 billion kWh

The US Environmental Protection Agency recognized Microsoft as the nation’s third-largest buyer of green power in 2012.

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Water positive by 2030

Microsoft will reduce our water use intensity, while replenishing and increasing water access in water stressed regions where we operate.

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Managing water through proactive approaches

We’re creating and deploying tools and services to help address the world’s water challenges, including scarcity, pollution, and ocean health.

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Better water management

Here’s how AI is helping secure water for your future.

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The future of water

Why Microsoft thinks the future of water depends on the future of technology innovation.

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Responsible sourcing, recycling, and disposal

At Microsoft, we adhere to strict environmental criteria for the production of each device, surpassing legal requirements for specific materials to promote a precautionary approach to address chemical risks.

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Zero waste certification

The US Zero Waste Business Council awarded Zero Waste Certification at the Gold Level to Microsoft headquarters.

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