Microsoft pledges to be 'carbon negative' by 2030

Microsoft makes 'carbon negative' pledge

US Senators Chris Coons, a Democrat from DE, and Mike Braun, an Indiana Republican, applauded Microsoft. It's a significant extension of its 2017 commitment to cut 75% of its carbon emissions by the same date and builds on 2019 revisions of 70% renewable energy by 2023 and the creation of 825,000 carbon-neutral Xbox's.

"While the world will need to reach net zero, those of us who can afford to move faster and go further should do so", Smith said in the post.

Microsoft will then go further with the goal of removing from the environment by 2050 all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or via electricity consumption since it was founded in 1975. The result is, of course, that carbon output must be mitigated and reversed if the environment is to cope with the world's relentless drive towards economic growth.

They say by 2025, they will shift to 100 percent supply of renewable energy, via power purchase agreements for green energy contracted for 100 percent of carbon-emitting electricity consumed by all their data centres, buildings, and campuses.

'The world's climate experts agree that the world must take urgent action to bring down emissions.

Microsoft has announced some ambitious climate change goals over the next 20 years which aims to erase their whole individual contribution to the problem by 2050.

"With a carbon negative strategy, even more radical sustainability transformation is required that touches every part of companies' business and ecosystem".

Microsoft said it will invest US$1 billion during the coming four years through a new "climate innovation fund" dedicated to backing technology for carbon capture and removal.

The company will mostly spend the capital on accelerating ongoing technology development by investing in project and debt finance, and by investing in new innovations through equity and debt capital, it said.

Microsoft Workers 4 Good, which says it represents Microsoft employees aiming to hold the company to its stated values, lauded the climate plan but said "this goal is incompatible with contracts that aim to increase oil extraction, a process which we know is not sustainable". "We will fund this in part by expanding our internal carbon fee, in place since 2012 and increased previous year, to start charging not only our direct emissions, but those from our supply and value chains".

A new Microsoft Sustainability Calculator will enable customers to estimate emissions their Azure workloads are creating.

Smith says Microsoft will also take drastic action to reduce the carbon produced in its supply chain.

"While it is imperative that we continue to avoid emissions, and these investments remain important, we see an acute need to begin removing carbon from the atmosphere", said Smith.

The company said it would fund the efforts by expanding its internal carbon fee - a fee the company has charged to its business groups to account for their carbon emissions.

Microsoft is responsible for about 16 million metric tons of emissions annually, said Brad Smith, the company's president and chief legal officer. Furthermore, it will phase in its existing internal carbon tax to cover Scope 3 emissions as well as 1 and 2 beginning this year, and next year will implement new programs to incentivize its supply chain to reduce all emissions. This estimate includes not only Microsoft's global network of data centers for energy technology, but also emissions from the manufacture of electronic components for its devices and from everyone connected to their home Xbox game consoles.

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