Building and enabling a sustainable future
Microsoft is using the power of technology to enable everyone on the planet to build a more sustainable future.
We have cut energy use by more than 20 percent at to reduce carbon emissions from our corporate campus in Washington state.
We are one of the biggest green buyers of energy in the US and have purchased more than 21 billion kilowatt-hours of green power globally.
We are working with suppliers to encourage them to report—and then reduce—their emissions.
We are using the cloud and AI to further reduce our own emissions and help customers track, assess, and reduce their carbon footprint.
What we have accomplished
Since 2012, our carbon program has reduced CO2 emissions by more than 15.6 million metric tons and invested in more than 28 million megawatt-hours of green power.
Putting a price on carbon
We reinvest funds collected by our internal carbon fee in a number of sustainability initiatives including:
Energy consumption is the biggest contributor to our carbon footprint. Thanks to the carbon fund, we've neutralized these emissions by purchasing clean power equal to our global electricity consumption.
Carbon offset projects
We invest to offset in carbon emissions related to air travel. These investments align with UN SDGs and support projects worldwide that increase access to education, clean energy, and healthcare.
Energy efficiency projects
Our internal efficiency grants support projects that have avoided 56,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions. We're now focused on catalyzing energy and technology innovation within Microsoft and beyond.
Track and report
We believe in transparency, and that means tracking and reporting emissions and energy across 1,200 facilities in 110 countries.
Empowering people and organizations
Preserving the forests of Mount Rainier
We are working with local NGOs to preserve 520 acres of forest at Washington's famous Mount Rainier.
Protecting orangutans in Indonesia
We are protecting 100,000 acres of forest in Indonesia to safeguard local orangutans.
Supporting new renewable energy markets
We are proud to support the ambitious renewable energy goals of Taiwan's government.
Transitioning to clean energy
Microsoft believes buying more clean energy helps us operate more sustainably and makes good business sense. Already, renewable energy covers 60% of our datacenter load, and we've set a target of 70% by 2023 on a path to 100%.
Making it easier to buy clean energy
Find out how we're changing contracts and lowering risk to grow the clean energy market.
A tech-driven approach to wind power
Azure is improving performance and making clean energy more affordable.
Transforming the future of water
Water is a necessity for every person on this planet, but for many around the world, it's getting harder to get clean, fresh water. Thus, we are taking action at every level to use less water.
Our approach to water stewardship
Our work is focused on creating tools and services to help address the world's water challenges, including scarcity, pollution, and ocean health.
In Seattle, we partnered with oceanographers at the University of Washington and a local shellfish company to create a cloud-based solution that gives shellfish farmers insight on when to plant oysters.
The Water Risk Monetizer tool, built on our Azure cloud, is helping companies assess water risk to make better decisions on current and future water needs.
We're using data to help us use less water at our datacenter and develop new air-cooling techniques that use 90 percent less water than conventional chiller solutions.