On May 8, Microsoft has announced its plan to become carbon neutral next July this year. Microsoft has also decided to adopt an internal carbon price which will make the company financially responsible for the cost of its carbon emissions.
Microsoft is growing to become leaner, greener and more accountable because Microsoft believes that the organization has a responsibility to minimize its impact on the environment ; and so the company has made a commitment to become carbon neutral for its data centers, software development labs, offices and also employees air travel.
The measures that Microsoft will put in place to achieve carbon neutrality are intended to lessen its environmental footprint while also helping the company to manage risk, increase efficiency and support the growth of the business.
3 strategic pillars to achieve its objectives:
- Be lean. Microsoft is setting targets to drive more efficiency with the energy that the company consumes in its data centers, labs, and offices as well as to reduce its use of air travel. Technology will play an important role in both how the company achieves those targets and how Microsoft measures its progress along the way.
- Be green. Microsoft is purchasing more renewable energy and establishing goals to reduce its waste and water use.
- Be accountable. Microsoft is quantifying the carbon impact of its operations and driving responsible business decisions around energy use and air travel by setting an internal price on carbon, measuring its emissions, and charging a carbon fee to the teams responsible for those emissions. Microsoft is also working to reduce the carbon impact of its supply chain.
Environmental sustainability is an important focus across the Microsoft’s organization. The firm believes that making a commitment to becoming carbon neutral and implementing a carbon fee will be good for both the environment and business.