Sustainability news and announcements

Stay informed about our latest sustainability initiatives, thought leadership, and innovations.

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Closing the climate data divide in the global south

We’re tapping the power of data and artificial intelligence (AI) in an expansion of our AI for Good Research Lab into Egypt and Kenya. The work of these labs will be informed by a new Africa AI Innovation Council that includes members of leading African development and climate organizations. We’re also expanding our collaboration with Planet Labs, merging high-quality satellite imagery of Africa with AI to accelerate climate adaptation solutions.

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Environmental Credit Service aims to redefine carbon credits

Today’s carbon offset credits suffer from inconsistent standards for measuring, reporting, and verifying progress, and from siloed credit creation. Environmental Credit Service (Preview) addresses these pain points by delivering a common infrastructure and shared data standard, lending transparency for all participants in the credit lifecycle and helping to fuel trust and momentum in the global marketplaces.

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COP27: Microsoft serving as a strategic partner and sponsor

This year’s UN Framework Convention on Climate Change brings heightened focus on industry-level commitments and progress. As a Strategic Technology Partner and Principal Sponsor, we’re contributing on progress against net zero—how to measure it, build markets, and empower stakeholders to deliver a just, sustainable future for everyone. We’re honored to share about technology-driven accelerators, carbon/energy policy, green skilling, and more.

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New report highlights a critical sustainability skills gap

Many of the 3,500+ companies that have issued climate pledges lack a workforce with the necessary skills to fulfill those commitments. In this blog post by Microsoft President and Vice Chair Brad Smith, find out how Microsoft is leading the call to develop a new level of sustainability skills and fluency in the global workforce in the next five years.

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Fall 2022 events: building on what we’ve learned

Following on SB ’22, VERGE 22, and Microsoft Ignite, COP27 provides another chance to collaborate with global innovators and climate leaders to go deeper on issues surrounding net zero. Hear from Microsoft Corporate VP of Sustainability Elisabeth Brinton about how sustainable transformation has helped Microsoft and provided a foundation to help others accelerate their progress.

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Cloud sustainability guidance: Azure Well-Architected Framework

Now organizations can find answers to their concerns about the growing importance of sustainability in cloud optimization—from reducing carbon emissions and energy consumption to refactoring for agility at a lower cost. Learn about the Well-Architected Framework, helping organizations optimize cloud workloads for sustainability and create new business value.

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Local efforts featured in datacenter sustainability fact sheets

To share about Microsoft global sustainability initiatives, we’re publishing detailed datacenter sustainability fact sheets. Learn about datacenter power and water usage, waste diversion, community initiatives, and more. We’ll continue to add geographies—places where we operate Microsoft datacenters—as we grow our sustainability practices.

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Enhanced capabilities from Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability

As organizations drive toward net zero, Microsoft is supporting them through extended capabilities in Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability. Discover new Scope 3 calculation methodologies and configurability in Microsoft Sustainability Manager; general availability of Emissions Impact Dashboard for Microsoft 365; and Environmental Credit Service (Preview), lending transparency to help solve challenges in carbon credit marketplaces.

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Progress on our goal to be carbon negative by 2030

In January, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, President Brad Smith, and Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood launched a bold new environmental sustainability initiative focusing on carbon, water, waste and biodiversity.

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Microsoft to build a groundbreaking sustainable datacenter region in Finland

In a unique collaboration with Fortum Corporation, Microsoft will build a new datacenter region in Finland. The datacenters will operate with 100-percent emission-free energy and convert waste heat to district heating that will serve Finland’s second largest city, Espoo, the neighboring city of Kauniainen, and the municipality of Kirkkonummi. This will be the world’s largest recycling of datacenter waste heat to date.

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Microsoft opens its sustainable datacenter region in Sweden

Microsoft has launched its newest sustainable datacenter region in Sweden, with presence in Gävle, Sandviken, and Staffanstorp. The new datacenter region closely aligns to the company’s sustainability investments, powering the datacenter with 100-percent carbon-free energy and supporting zero-waste operations.

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How Microsoft’s new datacenter region in Sweden incorporates the company’s sustainability commitments

The first hyperscale cloud region to use the Vattenfall 24/7 solution in a commercial product aims to deliver 100-percent renewable energy while working to meet Microsoft’s carbon, waste, and water sustainability goals by 2030. The new datacenter region also seeks zero-waste certification and includes a Microsoft Circular Center that’s designed to extend the lifecycle of servers through reuse, creating a circular economy for the Microsoft Cloud.

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Our 2021 Environmental Sustainability Report is now available

We’re sharing progress and learnings against our commitments to become carbon negative, water positive, and zero waste, and to build a Planetary Computer.

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Microsoft will be carbon negative by 2030

By 2030 Microsoft will be carbon negative, and by 2050 Microsoft will remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975

 Made to measure: Sustainability commitment progress and updates

Aligned with the announcement of the Cloud for Sustainability, a new cloud platform intended to help companies record, report and reduce their carbon emissions, Microsoft has outlined new sustainability goals, committing to a net zero carbon economy by 2030. These goals will expand upon their progress towards becoming carbon negative, water positive and zero waste by 2030 by engineering the green infrastructure necessary to building a net zero carbon economy.

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Announcing Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability at Inspire 2021

Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability is a new offering that is designed to help companies take control of their environmental impact. By centralizing data in a common format to measure, reduce, and report out on their emissions, Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability offers organizations an accurate, comprehensive, and increasingly real-time view into their environmental footprint across the entire value chain.

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Microsoft launches its sustainable datacenter region in Arizona

Microsoft has launched a new sustainable data center outside of Goodyear, Arizona. The center, built with sustainable operations and design in mind, will utilize solar power and have zero-waste certified operations to provide cloud services to organizations around the United States.

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Microsoft submits comments to SEC on climate change disclosure

Microsoft has submitted comments to the SEC on the topic of climate change disclosure, stating a standardized process for measuring and reporting carbon emission is a necessary step in curbing climate change. Microsoft believes disclosure regulations from the SEC will create transparency and fairness for the investing public and set the foundation for a net-zero carbon economy.

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Microsoft announces Green Software Foundation

Accenture, GitHub, Microsoft and ThoughtWorks have launched the nonprofit Green Software Foundation established with the Linux Foundation to put sustainability at the core of software engineering. The foundation will bring together a global community of people, standards, tooling and leading practices to grow the field of green software in hopes of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the software industry.

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Project 15 from Microsoft – A story in five parts

Project 15 started out as a passion project devoted to promoting sustainability initiatives using IoT and cloud technology. The project has garnered interest from environmental organizations around the world, and now offers an open source software platform designed to help the scientific community solve environmental issues ranging from conservation to climate change. In this blog, Sarah Maston recounts how the project has evolved to get where it is today.

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Microsoft debuts Planetary Computer to support a sustainable future

The Planetary Computer uses AI and machine learning to collect and analyze global environmental data from trillions of data points across earth’s ecosystems. This data will help scientists learn more about the state of the planet’s health and answer global questions with sustainable solutions.

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Microsoft’s virtual datacenter grounds ‘the cloud’ in reality

This virtual datacenter experience is a rare invitation to look around and see how we design, build, and operate the Microsoft Cloud with sustainability, reliability, security and innovation in mind.

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Building a more sustainable world together

The path to a sustainable future can only be achieved by working together. The #BuildFor2030 campaign highlights Microsoft partners who are leading sustainability initiatives by harnessing the power of cloud technology.

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Microsoft turns to boiling liquid to cool datacenter servers

When it comes to creating sustainable datacenters, Microsoft has turned to a process known as two-phase immersion cooling as a potential solution. Inspired by cryptocurrency miners, the immersion method of cooling can be cheaper and more effective than the traditional approach of air cooling. While not in large-scale use at Microsoft yet, two-phase immersion has innovative potential for a wide range of technology.

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Unusual machine taps clean energy for new Microsoft campus

As part of the Microsoft sustainability goal to become carbon negative by 2030, the Redmond campus will include the Thermal Energy Center, which includes an unusual tunnel spanning 550 feet into the ground. Designed to harness the earth's thermal energy, this system is the latest sustainable development to the Washington offices.

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Companies struggle to pay for carbon removal technologies

More companies are starting to invest in engineering technological solutions for carbon removal, but the process can be expensive. A Microsoft white paper released in 2021 explores some of the potential shortcomings for alternatives to natural climate solutions, such as tree planting or crop rotations.

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Sustainability: A year of progress and a decade of action

In 2020, Microsoft set sustainability goals, including becoming carbon negative and water positive, to be achieved by 2030. One year into the endeavor, we explore the enabling conditions, early efforts and lessons learned. We also celebrate partners and customers who are using Microsoft solutions to aid in their own sustainability goals.

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One year later: A report on the path to carbon negative

One year has passed since our "moonshot" pledge for Microsoft to become carbon negative by 2030. From reducing carbon emissions to removing carbon from the environment, we're sharing our initial successes, outlining what we've learned, and discussing what's in store for the coming years as we work to make Microsoft even more sustainable.

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Why Microsoft is signing The Climate Pledge

From setting the goal to be carbon negative to committing to protect more of the land we use, Microsoft has spent 2020 making plans to become more sustainable. As a technology company, we hope to bring digital solutions to climate problems, and signing The Climate Pledge is the latest step in our climate-conscious journey.

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Microsoft’s commitment to sustainability

In January 2020, Microsoft announced plans to be carbon negative in the next decade. Since that announcement, our commitment to increasing company and global sustainability practices has grown, expanding to include goals towards becoming water positive and zero waste by 2030.

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Microsoft announces plans for a new datacenter in Denmark

We are investing in Denmark’s green, digital transformation with plans to build a sustainable Microsoft datacenter region. This will be the next step in our commitment to supporting growth and innovation in Denmark.

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Microsoft adding to Ireland's green energy

Microsoft, partnered with SSE Airtricity, is bringing green energy resources to dozens of schools in Ireland as part of the fight against global climate change. The project includes solar panels powered by Azure IoT and Microsoft Azure, as well as an educational campaign about renewable energy.

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Our journey to #BuildFor2030 together

The United Nations Sustainable Development goals are 17 initiatives designed to create a positive global impact by 2030. As a way to accelerate these goals, Microsoft created the #BuildFor2030 campaign, highlighting partners whose work is making a difference. At the end of the first year of the campaign, we look back at all the incredible work being done.

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World Cities Day 2020: Committing to sustainable urban areas

For World Cities Day 2020, established to shine a light on public issues, Microsoft celebrates partners who are driving impact in climate action, as well as reasserts our own commitment to becoming carbon negative, water positive and zero waste.

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Microsoft commits to achieve ‘zero waste’ goals by 2030

Our zero waste goal is the third sprint in Microsoft’s broad environmental sustainability initiative launched earlier this year focusing on carbon, water, ecosystems and waste. We are setting ambitious goals for each and empowering our customers with the technology and our learnings to do the same.

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Microsoft will replenish more water than it consumes by 2030

Our fourth pillar in the Microsoft sustainability initiative revolves around water, one of the Earth’s most precious resources. With the support of our technology and employees, we hope to make a positive impact on the planet, and help other companies do the same.

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Microsoft tests hydrogen fuel cells for backup power at datacenters

In a worldwide first that could jumpstart a long-forecast clean energy economy built around the most abundant element in the universe, hydrogen fuel cells have powered a row of datacenter servers for 48 consecutive hours.

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Aiming for more than just net zero

Our ambitious goals to cut down our carbon footprint have necessitated exploration into various technologies. With each kind of technology, we’re determining the best combination to implement based on our overall goal as well as the specific datacenter locations and their local needs.

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We’re increasing our carbon fee as we double down on sustainability

Since 2009, Microsoft has made and met a series of commitments to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

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Samsung and Microsoft transform real estate and smart property management

Samsung Electronics Co. and Microsoft Corp. today announced a global collaboration focused on digitally transforming the real estate development and property management industries.

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How Land O’Lakes is cultivating ag-tech to help farmers harvest healthier profits

Land O’Lakes and Microsoft announced a multi-year strategic alliance to pioneer agricultural innovations, enhance the supply chain, expand sustainability practices for farmers and the food system, and close the rural broadband gap.

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