Microsoft promises to become 100% “carbon negative” by 2030 by removing more carbon from the environment than it emits.
CEO Satya Nadella said on Thursday that the commitment “will apply not only to our direct emissions, but also to our supply chain.”
This is an important step forward from Microsoft’s previous green commitments. The technology company had previously announced that its data centers would run on 60% electricity from renewable sources by the end of last year, but environmental groups said they missed out on competitors like Google and Apple by over-buying credit for Leaving renewable energies make up for the CO2 emissions.
“Microsoft was really in the thick of it,” said Elizabeth Jardim, senior corporate campaigner at Greenpeace USA. “Not an” A “student, but obviously not doing anything.”
Microsoft had previously set an interim target of 70% renewable energy by 2023. Google and Apple have already announced that they will reach the 100% milestone. Now Microsoft executives are saying that their loan purchase approach is not enough.
Microsoft announced the event well in advance of the next week’s elite meeting in the Swiss resort of Davos. The World Economic Forum focuses on catastrophic trends such as global warming and the extinction of animal species.
Microsoft is responsible for 16 million tons of emissions a year, said Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of the company.
“Neutrality is not enough when it comes to carbon,” said Smith. “We have to bring ourselves to zero.”
The promise to include supply chain emissions follows a similar move from Apple. Microsoft announces that once the 2030 target is reached, all historical emissions since the company was founded in 1975 should be reduced.
However, according to Jardim, Microsoft has also undermined its climate goals by taking the lead among technology companies in partnering with oil and gas companies, and providing cloud computing and artificial intelligence to accelerate fossil fuel production.
Microsoft is also launching a $ 1 billion fund for the development of environmental technologies.
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