17th January 2020
Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030
Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced an ambitious goal and a new plan to reduce and ultimately remove its carbon footprint.
At an event held on its Redmond, Seattle campus, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, President Brad Smith, Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood, and Chief Environmental Officer Lucas Joppa announced the company's new goals and a detailed plan to become carbon negative.
"While the world will need to reach net zero, those of us who can afford to move faster and go further should do so. That's why today we are announcing an ambitious goal and a new plan to reduce and ultimately remove Microsoft's carbon footprint," said Microsoft President Brad Smith. "By 2030 Microsoft will be carbon negative, and by 2050 Microsoft will remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975."
The company's aggressive program involves cutting carbon emissions by more than half by 2030 – both for its direct emissions, and for the entire supply and value chain. This includes driving down its own direct emissions and emissions related to energy use to near zero by the middle of this decade. It also announced a new initiative to use Microsoft technology to help suppliers and customers around the world to 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, the company will also make carbon reduction an explicit aspect of procurement processes for its supply chain. A new annual Environmental Sustainability Report will detail Microsoft's carbon impact and reduction journey. And lastly, the company will use its voice and advocacy to support public policy that will accelerate carbon reduction and removal opportunities.
The Official Microsoft Blog has more information about the company's bold goal and detailed plan to remove its carbon footprint.