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The road to net zero

As one of the few countries in the world where a net zero future is enshrined in law, New Zealand is setting ambitious goals on sustainability. Aotearoa’s organisations are committed to change and are working hard to achieve their own sustainability goals. But there are many challenges to overcome if the nation is to halve emissions by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2050.

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Emissions are up 60%

New Zealand’s net emissions have grown by 60% since 1990 – one of the fastest growth rates in the world.

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32% will miss net zero

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

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62% are short on sustainability skills

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

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61% are failing to invest in sustainable tech

72% of business leaders say innovation is key to sustainability – but less than half are investing in the necessary technology.

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

Meet the New Zealand 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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Conscious cloud: our Aotearoa datacenter pledge Microsoft’s datacenter region powered by 100% carbon free energy from day one

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    Fight on the beaches

    Sustainable Coastlines is leading the charge to clean up ocean waste – and the answer is people and technology.

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    Painting our towns green

    Forget 2050 – the true deadline for decarbonising our buildings is much sooner. Read Jasmax’s story on why.

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    The green gap is real

    Microsoft’s Russell Craig tells how we can turn our good intentions on climate change into effective action.

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    Definite measures

    Total Utilities is an organisation helping others map (and manage) their emissions with smart technology.

Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability

Record your footprint, connecting data to discover emissions across your organisation. Report your wins, communicating your environmental 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 achieve their own sustainability goals.

Solutions to support your journey

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

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    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.