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Enabling a more sustainable future

We take a holistic approach to carbon and work to reduce carbon emissions in every part of our business.

What we have accomplished

Since its 2012 implementation, our carbon program has reduced emissions by more than 9.6 million metric tons of CO2, invested in more than 21 million megawatt-hours of green power and impacted more than 7.5 million people around the globe.

Microsoft's internal carbon fee

Take a closer look at how we use the funds collected by our carbon fee.

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Green power

Energy consumption is the single biggest contributor to our carbon footprint. With help from the carbon fund, we’ve neutralized these emissions through purchasing green power equal to our global electricity consumption.

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Carbon offset projects

We invest in carbon offsets for emissions related to air travel. These investments support projects around the globe that offset carbon while improving access to clean energy, education, and healthcare - all in alignment with the UN SDGs.

Workers installing solar panels on an African schoolhouse.

Energy efficiency projects

These internal efficiency grants support innovative projects that have avoided 56,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions. We’re now focusing on catalyzing energy and technology innovation, both within Microsoft and around the world.

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Track and report

We believe in transparency, and that means tracking and reporting emissions and energy across 1,200 facilities in 110 countries.

Global impact

Empowering people and organizations.

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Preserving 520 acres of forest at Mount Rainier, Washington, with local NGOs.

Read about our pioneering effort
Indonesian forest with orangutans

Protecting 100,000 acres of forest in Indonesia to safeguard orangutans.

Learn more about this project
Town in Taiwan.

Supporting new renewable energy markets.

Read more about our contribution
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Microsoft carbon fee guide

Learn all about Microsoft’s efforts to drive culture change.