Microsoft to Go Carbon Negative by 2030

29th January 2020 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent |

Microsoft-logoNew Delhi, Jan 29, 2020: As the world confronts an urgent carbon problem, with the carbon emission to our atmosphere creating a blanket of gas that traps heat and pushing up the planet’s temperature by 1 degree centigrade, Microsoft has announced an ambitious goal to reduce and ultimately remove Microsoft’s carbon footprint.

The world’s climate experts agree that the world must take urgent action to bring down emissions. Ultimately, the world must reach “net zero” emissions, meaning that humanity must remove as much carbon as it emits each year. This will take aggressive approaches, new technology that doesn’t exist today, and innovative public policy. It is an ambitious – even audacious – goal, but science tells us that it’s a goal of fundamental importance to every person alive today and for every generation to follow.

Carbon negative by 2030

By 2030 Microsoft aims to be carbon negative. But most notably, by 2050, the company plans to remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975.

Recently, the company has launched an aggressive program to cut their carbon emissions by more than half by 2030, both for direct emissions and for their entire supply and value chain. Microsoft will fund this in part by expanding their internal carbon fee to start charging not only its direct emissions, but those from its supply and value chains.

Microsoft is also launching an initiative to use Microsoft technology to help its suppliers and customers around the world reduce their own carbon footprints and a new $1 billion climate innovation fund to accelerate the global development of carbon reduction, capture, and removal technologies.

Beginning next year, Microsoft will also make carbon reduction an explicit aspect of the procurement processes for their supply chain. The company’s progress on all these fronts will be published in an annual Environmental Sustainability Report that details its carbon impact and reduction journey. All these will be supported by Microsoft voice and advocacy supporting public policy which will accelerate carbon reduction and removal opportunities.

Microsoft have set up seven principles that will be vital as they continually innovate and take additional steps on an ongoing basis.

Grounding in science and math.

Microsoft will ground its work in the best available science and most accurate math. Taking responsibility for its carbon footprints, by 2030 it plans to cut them by more than half and remove more carbon than they emit each year.

It’s vital that its work as a company to address carbon issues stay grounded in ongoing scientific advances and an accurate reliance on the basic but fundamental mathematical concepts involved. And this is true for all of us as individual consumers and the business community more broadly.

Investing in carbon reduction and removal technology.

The Redmond giant plans to deploy $1 billion in a new Climate Innovation Fund to accelerate the development of carbon reduction and removal technologies that will help the company and the world become carbon negative.

Empowering customers
More important, the company will develop and deploy digital technology to help its suppliers and customers reduce their carbon footprints.

Ensuring transparency
As already discussed, the company will publish an annual Environmental Sustainability Report that provides transparency on our progress, based on strong global reporting standards.

Voice on carbon-related public policy issues
We will support new public policy initiatives to accelerate carbon reduction and removal opportunities.

Enlisting Employees
The company recognizes that its own employees will be its biggest asset in advancing innovation. The company plans to create new opportunities to enable them to contribute to its efforts.
Advances in human prosperity, as measured by GDP growth, are inextricably tied to the use of energy. This is true for the future as well as the past. If we’re going to continue to create more economic opportunity and prosperity, it likely will require even more energy use. This is true everywhere in the world, and it’s perhaps especially true among the world’s developing economies, which deserve the opportunity to catch up with the level of prosperity in more industrialized nations.

For more than two centuries and especially since the 1950s, economic development has required an ever-increasing amount of carbon emissions. This is the part of the past that needs to be changed. In short, we need to use more energy while reducing our emission of carbon.

 

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