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Sustainability from the datacenter to the cloud with Azure

Azure sustainability starts at the datacenter and extends to AI-driven products and local projects. Join a global community committed to building a resilient future that’s good for your business and the planet.

Moving on-premises workloads to Microsoft Azure can reduce your carbon footprint up to 98%1

Get more from your sustainability data

Make full use of your data investments

Better manage and improve your sustainability data with Azure Synapse and Azure Data Lake while saving up to 59 percent with Azure Synapse compared with competing solutions.3

Gain critical insights fast

Track sustainability metrics up to 14 times faster and pay 94 percent less than with other cloud providers.4

Connect your operations

Build and scale highly efficient operations with Azure IoT. Track and reduce energy usage in factories and buildings, monitor water and waste handling, and much more—all with built-in Azure security.

Azure Data Manager for Agriculture

Create a more sustainable future by innovating with agriculture data.

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Step inside the next generation of datacenter

Datacenter sustainability is central to cloud sustainability. Get an up-close view of a Microsoft sustainable datacenter, including physical infrastructure, renewable energy power, data security, community initiatives—and even workspace for innovation.

What’s next: energy innovations for a cleaner, cooler cloud

Liquid immersion cooling

Learn how new server cooling methods can help minimize the environmental impact of physical datacenters—reducing energy use while providing higher processing power.


Grid-interactive UPS batteries

Find out how small steps like implementing grid-interactive UPS batteries can make a big difference for meeting sustainability goals and reducing carbon footprint.

Datacenter backup generator

Cleaner fuels for power backup

See how switching from traditional diesel to less-carbon-intensive fuels to run datacenter backup generators helps to reach net-zero carbon emissions.

Evolving beyond an operational approach

Using Azure, you lend support for extensive efforts to make local impacts and improve environmental outcomes throughout the world.


New York utility transforms for the city’s better good

The Department of Environmental Protection aims to build a sustainable future for all New Yorkers. With Dynamics 365 and Azure, it improved efficiency, lowered costs, and improved the experience of employees and customers. 


Digital bank helps customers track environmental impact

Flowe built an Azure-based open banking platform with features for not just finance but also sustainability—giving customers the ability to offset emissions, learn, and set goals.

Sustainable, trusted cloud in your region

Be future-ready with 200+ services backed by a highly available and agile network plus reimagined hyperscale and open-source hardware development—spurring innovation in more regions than any other cloud provider.

  • [1] The results show that the Microsoft Cloud is between 22 and 93 percent more energy efficient than traditional enterprise datacenters, depending on the specific comparison being made. When taking into account our renewable energy purchases, the Microsoft Cloud is between 72 and 98 percent more carbon efficient. These savings are attributable to four key features of the Microsoft Cloud: IT operational efficiency, IT equipment efficiency, datacenter infrastructure efficiency, and renewable electricity procurement.
  • [2] “Pay Less with Azure,”, June 2021.
  • [3] “Azure Data Explorer: Log and telemetry analytics benchmark,”, August 2022.
  • [4] Performance and price-performance claims based on data from a study commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by GigaOm in January 2019 for the GigaOm Analytics Field Test-H benchmark report and March 2019 for the GigaOm Analytics Field Test -DS benchmark report. Learn more.

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