Climate change requires swift, collective action and technological innovation. We are committed to meeting our own goals while enabling others to do the same.
By 2030, we’ll be carbon negative, and by 2050, we’ll remove our historical emissions since our founding in 1975.
By 2030, we’ll be replenishing more water than we use.
By 2030, we’ll be zero waste across our direct waste footprint.
Protect and preserve ecosystems
We’ll protect more land than we use by 2025 and build a Planetary Computer.
Accelerating sustainability with AI
Organizations worldwide are working toward meeting their own sustainability objectives aligned with global targets, but progress is slow. We’re sharing a 5-point playbook on what is needed to help ensure that AI can be used to accelerate the deployment of existing sustainability solutions and the development of new ones.
Investment in carbon removal
We have invested in acquiring 1.4 million tons of carbon removal from various sources in fiscal year 2022 and recycling it into marketable products.
Creating a circular approach
We're adopting a more circular strategy for materials management by diverting over 12,000 metric tons of waste from landfills and incinerators in fiscal year 2022.
Increasing water access
We reached just under one million people with clean water and sanitation solutions by the end of the calendar year 2022.
Protecting more land than we use
We protected 12,270 acres of land in Belize—we now protect more than the 11,206 acres of land that we use.
Navigating the challenges of water replenishment
Water replenishment will play an important role in protecting watersheds across the globe. In a new white paper, we’ve outlined learnings from our replenishment program, hoping that it will help others navigate the challenges of this nascent market.
Laying the foundation for buildings of tomorrow
Embodied carbon is responsible for 8% of global GHG, yet reducing or eliminating embodied carbon from concrete and steel is difficult. Microsoft is piloting new concrete mixes at our Quincy, WA datacenter, with a goal to lower embodied carbon in concrete by more than 50%.
Closing the sustainability skills gap
Over 3,500 companies globally have issued climate pledges—however, many lack a workforce with the skills to turn these pledges to progress. Our report shows the need to develop a new level of sustainability skills—and how we aim to help support the transformation.
“While the world will need to reach net zero, those of us who can afford to move faster and go further should do so.”
Brad Smith, Vice Chair and President
The Planetary Computer combines a multi-petabyte collection of global environmental data with user-friendly APIs, a flexible scientific environment that enables users to respond to global queries about that data, and applications that provide conservation stakeholders access to those answers.
Supply chain integrity
Microsoft has relationships with hundreds of suppliers around the globe, and we work to ensure transparency and ethical standards across our supply chain. We collaborate with our suppliers to protect the fundamental rights of people at every step of the process—from sourcing to production and distribution.
Microsoft Climate Research Initiative
Accelerating cutting-edge research in climate science and technology is a priority for this multidisciplinary community of researchers.
At Microsoft, we have a dedicated sustainability science team whose mission is to ensure that our sustainability work is grounded in the best available science. This drives our work in sustainability, from our climate commitments to partnering with our customers and partners on co-designing new solutions.
We are dedicated to finding solutions that have the greatest potential for positive impact, are transparent, and use market intelligence as one of the first businesses to source carbon removal to meet our goal of eliminating carbon emissions by 2050.
As we work to reduce the carbon intensity of our operations, we prioritize solutions that align with our sustainability goals.
Climate Innovation Fund
We're pledging $1 billion in funding over four years to invest in cutting-edge climate technologies and hasten the implementation of already-existing climate solutions. Climate impact, underfunded markets, climate equality, and shared alignment are the four themes that guide our investments.
Your sustainability journey
Microsoft is using our experience to build solutions to accelerate your sustainability journey. No matter where you are, we can help you move forward.Discover our solutions
Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability
Through environmental, social, and governance (ESG) capabilities, the Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability enables you to accelerate development and transform your company.Accelerate your progress
Emissions Impact Dashboard
Make better data-driven decisions about your cloud usage by estimating your carbon emissions using Microsoft cloud services, such as Azure and Microsoft 365.Learn how to track your data
The journey to water positive
In 2020, we set an ambitious commitment to be water positive and co-founded the Water Resilience Coalition (WRC), a CEO-led initiative to reduce water stress by 2050. We're building on this foundation with the WRC and signing an Open Call for Water Action to accelerate the collective impact businesses can have in building greater water resilience.
Xbox offers first carbon aware console
Xbox is now the first gaming console to offer carbon aware game downloads and updates. By being carbon aware, Xbox consoles are reducing their carbon footprints by optimizing updates and downloads to run at a time when each console can use the most renewable energy.
New Chief Sustainability Officer
We recently announced our new Chief Sustainability Officer, Melanie Nakagawa. Melanie joins Microsoft on the third anniversary of our ambitious climate goals to be carbon negative by 2030 and remove our historical carbon emissions by 2050.
Closing the Climate Data Divide in the Global South
To avoid the worst effects of climate change, governments and decision-makers in the Global South equally need access to reliable climate data. By harnessing the power of data and artificial intelligence to support new climate solutions, we’re expanding our collaboration with Planet Labs PBC and bringing our AI for Good Research Lab into Egypt and Kenya.