January 17 (Renewables Now) - Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Thursday pledged to become “carbon negative” by 2030 by removing more carbon from the environment than it emits.
The technology giant presented an ambitious plan to remove its entire carbon footprint by 2050, which will see it offset the entire volume of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that has been emitted from its operations since it was set up in 1975. This commitment will happen not only across the company’s direct emissions, which will be cut by over 50% by 2030, but across its entire supply and value chain.
The 2050 plan will be implemented through a 100% shift to renewable energy sources for all Microsoft data centres, buildings and campuses, the use of electric vehicles and the adoption of negative emission technologies, as well as processes and tools offering incentives to suppliers that work to reduce their emissions.
To back the programme, Microsoft will expand its internal carbon fee and create a USD-1-billion (EUR 897.9m) climate innovation fund to develop carbon reduction and removal technologies. Separately, it plans to develop digital technology for its suppliers and customers that will allow them to lower their carbon footprints and support policy initiative working in that direction.
“If we don’t curb emissions, and temperatures continue to climb, science tells us that the results will be catastrophic,” Microsoft alarmed, adding that neutrality “is not enough” and the world should reach a level of net-zero emissions.
The US group has worked to become carbon-neutral since 2012 and this goal has already been achieved.
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