Microsoft to Cut Carbon Emissions 75 Percent by 2030

first_img Microsoft has pledged to reduce operational carbon emissions 75 percent by 2030.A corporate “eff you” to President Donald Trump, who withdrew the US from the Paris climate accord in June, this is Redmond’s next step toward reducing its carbon footprint.In 2009, Microsoft set its first carbon emissions target; in 2012, it became one of the first companies to implement an internal global carbon fee. Last year, the firm announced new goals for greener data centers.“At Microsoft, we believe climate change is an urgent problem that demands a global response from all industries,” President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith wrote in a blog post.On top of existing carbon neutrality and renewable energy commitments, the company’s latest investments in energy efficiency could help avoid more than 10 million metric tons of carbon emissions by 2030.“As we expand our global cloud infrastructure, we will increasingly turn to renewable energy because it is a clean power source and gives us better financial predictability,” according to Smith. “It’s good for the environment, our customers and our business.”(via Microsoft)President Trump over the summer pulled out of the Paris Agreement—a deal aimed at keeping global temperatures from rising more than 2℃ (3.6℉) by 2100—causing widespread condemnation.This week, the White House pitched coal and other fossil fuels (the very emissions causing climate change) as a solution to global warming.But Microsoft is fighting back.“We’ve … seen that the private sector can be a catalyst for exponential change,” Smith said, citing technologies like artificial intelligence and the cloud, which allow businesses to make “smarter, real-time decisions” that reduce resource consumption.Microsoft’s cloud-based programs have already contributed to a 20 percent global energy reduction, helping to trim emissions—” and our power bill,” the blog said.There is still more to do, though—starting with Redmond’s Puget Sound campus, which will soon be powered with 100 percent carbon-free energy.“It’s our hope that this pledge inspires others to join us in setting targets, and provides confidence to governments, companies, and individuals that it’s possible for entities to help reach the goals set in the Paris climate agreement,” Smith wrote.Even if the country isn’t officially part of the solution.“By raising our ambitions and taking these actions, our goal is to help make the future more sustainable and beneficial to everyone,” according to the blog. “Put simply, the environment and our business both benefit each time we’ve implemented sustainability targets and goals.” Twitch Streams Porn on Ninja’s Old AccountMicrosoft Releases Retro Windows App as ‘Stranger Things’ Tie-In Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img

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