Improving water access and availability
Microsoft is committing to be net water positive for our direct operations by 2030.
Taking responsibility for our direct waste footprint
Microsoft is committing to becoming zero waste by 2030.
Protecting, restoring, and conserving ecosystems
Microsoft is building a Planetary Computer through its AI for Earth program and will protect more land than it uses by 2025.
Microsoft will be carbon negative by 2030
We are committed to reducing our carbon emissions and helping our customers and suppliers around the world reduce their own carbon footprints.
Minimizing our land footprint
We are taking responsibility for our own land footprint and are committing to permanently protect and restore more land than we use by 2025.
Net water positive
Through reducing our own water use intensity and replenishing the water we use in the areas we operate; we are committing to be net water positive for our direct operations by 2030.
Going zero waste
Our zero-waste goal will target all solid discards generated across our direct waste footprint: from operations to products and packaging.
Climate Innovation Fund
We will invest $1 billion over the next four years to help increase the development of carbon reduction and removal technologies.
To become carbon negative by 2030, we will take a principled approach based on seven elements:
Grounding in science and math
We will continually ground our work in the best available science and most accurate math.
Responsibility for our own carbon footprint
By 2030, we will reduce our own carbon emissions by more than half and remove more carbon than we emit each year.
Investing for new carbon reduction and removal technology
We will deploy at least $1 billion of our own capital to accelerate the development of carbon reduction and removal technologies that will help us and the world become carbon negative.
Empowering customers around the world
We will develop and deploy technology to help our suppliers and customers around the world reduce their carbon footprints as well.
Ensuring effective transparency
We will publish an annual sustainability report that provides transparency on our progress.
Using our voice on carbon-related public policy issues
We will support new public policy initiatives to accelerate carbon reduction and removal opportunities.
Enlisting our employees
We recognize that our employees will be our biggest asset in advancing innovation, and we will create new opportunities to enable them to contribute to our efforts.
Building tools to track and reduce carbon
Through our internal carbon tax, we fund carbon reductions, clean energy, and offset projects. In July 2020, we expanded our current internal carbon tax to cover our scope 3 emissions.
Going carbon-free in Puget Sound
We will be pursuing zero carbon certification and LEED Platinum certification for our Silicon Valley Campus and Puget Sound Campus Modernization projects.
What we have accomplished
Since 2012, Microsoft has been committed to reducing carbon, replacing fossil fuels, and offsetting the carbon it cannot reduce or replace.
Energy consumption drives our operational carbon footprint. We’ve addressed these emissions through purchasing clean power equal to our global electricity consumption, and we are moving to 100% direct power purchases by 2025.
Carbon offset projects
We will invest in carbon removal offsets to address residual emissions across our scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions.
Energy efficiency projects
Our internal efficiency grants support innovative projects that avoid carbon emissions through energy and technology innovation.
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
Transitioning to zero-carbon energy
Microsoft believes buying clean energy helps us operate sustainably. By 2025, we will shift to 100 percent use of renewable energy.
Removing carbon emissions from our kitchens
Our first all-electric dining facility in Puget Sound is taking on the challenge of eliminating carbon emissions in the kitchen. Our new white paper shares our progress and learnings so others can too.
Making it easy for anyone to buy more 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
Learn how Azure is improving performance and making clean energy more affordable.
Transforming the future of water
Water is a necessity for every person and organization on this planet, but for many people in many places, it’s getting harder to get clean, fresh water. That is why we are taking actions, within our operations and with our partners to use less water.
Microsoft is utilizing the power of the cloud, IoT, and machine learning to drive these changes. We are also employing data analytics to better track and find innovative solutions to dramatically reduce the amount of water used at datacenters. Our technology is enabling organizations big and small to make smarter decisions about water, from global water management companies like Ecolab to cities like Chicago.
Water Resilience Coalition
Launched in 2020, the Water Resilience Coalition is an initiative of the UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate. 16 companies, including Microsoft, are founding members and have pledged to work collectively on water issues.
Net-zero water at Silicon Valley campus
The new Microsoft campus is on track to become the first net-zero water building.
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.