Building a Planetary Computer
Microsoft is committed to preserving Earth’s ecosystems and will be creating a Planetary Computer to build an interconnected environmental network of data and tools.
Committing to carbon negative by 2030
By 2030, Microsoft will be carbon negative. By 2050, Microsoft will remove all of the carbon it has emitted since it was founded in 1975.
Our commitment to sustainability
Accelerating global progress towards a more sustainable future.
Areas of focus
We focus on the areas where we can have the greatest impact, which include carbon, ecosystems, water, and waste across all the work we do.
Microsoft has been carbon neutral across the world since 2012 and commits 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.
Microsoft is building the tools and services to help anyone, anywhere better understand the ecosystem around them today, and monitor and model impacts from climate or human behavior. We are taking responsibility for our land footprint by committing to permanently protect and restore more land than we use by 2025.
We’re creating and employing tools and services to help address the world’s water challenges, including scarcity, pollution, and ocean health and dramatically reducing the amount of water used at datacenters. Our technology is enabling organizations big and small to make smarter decisions about water.
We think every device should be made with an emphasis on sustainability and aim to continually improve all of our products. At our facilities, we reduce and eliminate waste by reusing materials, source reduction, and recycling. All waste is treated with environmentally responsible methods.
We’ve operated carbon neutral since 2012. By 2030, we are committing to be carbon negative and by 2025 we are committing to permanently protect and restore more land than we use. By 2050, we will remove all of the carbon Microsoft has directly emitted since it was founded in 1975.
Products, services, and devices
The investments we make in sustainability carry through to our products, services, and devices. We design our devices, from Surface to Xbox, with emphasis on eco-friendly materials. Our cloud and AI services help businesses cut energy consumption, reduce physical footprints, and design sustainable products themselves.
Customers and partners
Using AI, Azure, and Azure IoT Hub, customers can manage their businesses in a way that protects communities, biodiversity, and the planet. We’ve invested $50 million in AI for Earth to accelerate innovation by putting AI in the hands of those working to directly address sustainability challenges.
We use our voice to speak out on public policy issues that will be critical to reducing humanity’s carbon impact and managing ecosystems. One of our current tasks is to facilitate a national ecosystem assessment to understand what is happening in our natural environment and what actions are needed.
Doubling down on sustainability
Learn about our raised ambition and newly established sustainability roadmap.
AI for Earth
AI for Earth is a Microsoft program that helps people and organizations solve environmental challenges by increasing access to AI tools and education opportunities.
Our global impact
Find out how we have invested our carbon fee around the world for sustainable outcomes.
Our progress by the numbers
Reduced company emissions by 15.6 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.
Directly purchased more than 1.6 gigawatts of new wind and solar energy.
Every year recycled nearly 10 million kilograms of consumer e-waste.