Our commitments

In 2020, Microsoft committed to becoming carbon negative, water positive and zero waste by 2030 all while protecting ecosystems and building a Planetary Computer.

Climate Innovation Fund

We created a $1 billion Climate Innovation Fund to support innovative technologies and business models that have the potential for meaningful, measurable climate impact by 2030.

Learn about the fund

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

Thermal Energy Center

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

Learn how we’re innovating

Implementing all-electric kitchens

In 2022, Microsoft opened our first all-electric kitchen on our Redmond campus. We released a new Dining All-Electric white paper sharing our lessons learned, technical details, and decision making.

See what we learned

The five pillars of 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

Water risk monetizer

Ecolab partnered with Microsoft to develop the water risk monetizer—this free tool allows you to assess the true value of water and risk exposure you face.

Explore the tool

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

Pioneering liquid immersion cooling

In 2021, Microsoft became the first cloud provider to run two-phased liquid immersion cooling in a production environment—it’s a key part of our effort to make datacenters more sustainable and efficient to build, operate, and maintain.

Learn about our work

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 biodiversity in the Western US

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

Planetary Computer

Building on the work of the AI for Earth program, the Planetary Computer is our ambition to create a tool for people and organizations that enables sustainability decision-making through the power of the cloud.

Explore the Planetary Computer

Our science-based approach to land protection

Microsoft is using the Last Chance Ecosystems framework to prioritize our selection of land protection projects and partner with the UN Biodiversity Lab and the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity (GEO BON) on developing conservation management tools.

Explore Last Chance Ecosystems

“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

These principles guide our approach to sustainability

For any organization’s environmental sustainability journey, it’s critical to set commitments, develop a strategy, and build an operational roadmap—all while measuring progress and ensuring accountability.

Set commitments based on science

Sustainability science has been at the center of our commitments. The world needs to reach net zero by or before 2050, and achieving it relies heavily on the private sector partnership and action.

Consider all positions of influence

As a global technology leader, Microsoft has many opportunities to influence—as a customer, supplier, investor, employer, policy advocate, and innovation partner.

Establish sustainability as part of culture

We’re pursuing opportunities that help solve the challenges of people and the planet—and we’ve made sustainability core to our brand and our business.

Make it central to business

To move from pledges to progress, Microsoft set commitments and built sustainability into the strategy, operations, and roadmaps of each business group and every subsidiary across the globe.

Ensure governance and accountability

Governance and accountability are critical to ensure cross-company alignment and prioritization. Achieving our sustainability commitments is a core priority for every business group and review our progress quarterly.

Report on everything, not just progress

Microsoft is committed to sharing our progress and learnings—through our annual sustainability report, white papers, blogs, and journal publications. We share playbooks from our successes, as well as learnings from new challenges.

Leaning into 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 news and resources

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

Lessons learned from carbon removal

At Microsoft, our path to carbon negative includes prioritizing carbon reductions first, with carbon removal as a critical second component to our strategy. This paper shares our reflections on lessons learned as a large buyer in this emerging market.

Read the briefing paper

Achieving operational zero waste

In this paper, we share insights and learnings from our zero waste journey at Microsoft campuses and datacenters.

Download our zero waste paper