Our commitments

In 2020, Microsoft committed to becoming carbon negative, water positive and zero waste by 2030 all while protecting more land than we use.

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Carbon Removal

We’re on a mission to build the carbon dioxide removal (CDR) capacity that the world will need to help prevent the worst effects of climate change.

Explore our CDR work

Carbon Reduction

Reducing the carbon intensity of our operations is a core pillar of our approach to being a carbon negative company. We procure low-carbon and virtual products seeking to support market development of yet to abate sectors and bringing low-carbon products and services to scale.

Explore our work in reduction

Renewable energy

The ability of the technology sector to meet net zero targets is dependent on our collective ability to procure carbon-free electricity and decarbonize our supply chains. Microsoft continues to build and scale carbon-free electricity through our procurement of renewable energy and investing to bring more carbon-free electricity onto the grids where we operate.

Read about our datacenters

Campus innovation

We’re innovating with thermal energy as part of our Redmond Campus Modernization project with the Thermal Energy Center.

Learn how we’re innovating

Water replenishment

A key component of Microsoft’s water positive work is to replenish more water than we consume. As our replenishment program evolves, we’re sharing our learnings to support others in their journey.

Getting to water positive

Getting to water positive goes beyond reducing water-use intensity and replenishing water sources; it’s also about providing people across the globe with access to water and sanitation services, engaging in public policy, and driving innovation.

Learn more about our approach

Introducing new water data capabilities

The Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability water data model (preview) helps customers standardize water data for water sustainability use cases, providing a single source of truth through multi-source data acquisition.

Read more about the features

Water Works

Our Silicon Valley campus is pursuing Net-Zero water certification and is on track to be one of first tech campuses to secure this certification.

Explore our plans

Circular Centers

At Microsoft, we’re building Circular Centers at our campuses to help improve our own materials management at all stages of our devices’ and products’ lifecycles.

Learn about Circular Centers

Designing for repairability

Microsoft invests in this space and the findings will aid in our product design and plans for expanding device repair options for our customers that are safe, effective, and sustainable. Our latest Surface products feature a host of replaceable components.

See how to repair your Surface

Reducing packaging waste

Microsoft participated in the development of a cross-industry white paper on stretch wrap alternatives.

Read about the alternatives

Protecting natural habitats

Through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Western Big Game Migration Program, we invested in projects in the American West that are vital for preserving the migration corridors of endangered and at-risk species, including mountain lions, grizzly bears, and Canada lynx.

Learn about our work with NFWF

Improving biodiversity

As part of our Redmond campus modernization project, we’re including protections for local ecosystems such as green roofs, open space restoration, and heat island reduction. This is also the first Microsoft location in our portfolio to be certified Salmon Safe.

Learn about the campus

Monitoring ecosystems

We deployed our first on-campus Microsoft Premonition device to pilot ecological monitoring. Premonition is a biological weather station that lures, monitors, and samples invertebrate species to easily track ecosystem services, biodiversity, and disease transmission. This will allow us to measure the impact of ecological enhancement efforts over time.

Explore Premonition

“If the world is going to meet net zero goals by 2050, companies need to use their entire ecosystem and all of their positions of influence.”

Brad Smith, Vice Chair and President

Science and research

The goals of our sustainability science and research programs are to help us achieve our own sustainability commitments, help our partners and customers achieve theirs, and catalyze solutions to key global sustainability problems.

Latest resources

Evolving carbon accounting

The world needs robust carbon data and accounting—the body of rules that govern tracking and reporting of carbon emissions. At Microsoft, we’re working to evolve our internal emissions accounting approach, focusing on achieving greater accuracy, consistency, completeness, transparency, and alignment with real-world emissions impact.

Read our carbon accounting white paper

Lessons learned from carbon removal

The world needs to develop a pioneering carbon dioxide removal (CDR) market to be ready for deep decarbonization this century. Read Microsoft’s observations on what is ready and what is missing based on three years of diving deep on CDR.

Read the FY23 briefing paper

Closing the Sustainability Skills Gap

Over 3,500 companies globally have issued climate pledges – however, many lack a workforce with the necessary skills to turn these pledges to progress. Our report shows the urgent need to develop a new level of sustainability skills and fluency – and how we aim to help support the transformation.

Read the skills gap report