ChangeNOW 2021

Tech for change
United States


Microsoft is accelerating progress toward a more sustainable future by reducing our environmental footprint, accelerating research, helping our customers build sustainable solutions and advocating for policies that benefit the environment. The scientific consensus is clear: the world confronts an urgent carbon problem. The carbon in our atmosphere has created a blanket of gas that traps heat and is changing the world’s climate. If we don’t curb emissions, and temperatures continue to climb, science tells us that the results will be catastrophic. The world will need to reach ‘net zero’ carbon emissions and those of us who can afford to move faster and go further should do so. That’s why Microsoft, which has been carbon neutral since 2012, has committed to being carbon negative by 2030, and by 2050, will remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975. This is a bold bet — a moonshot — for Microsoft. And it will need to become a moonshot for the world. We are also taking on the world’s other environmental challenges: we’re creating and employing tools to help address the world’s water challenges including scarcity, pollution, and ocean health. We’ve committed to becoming water positive by 2030 by reducing our consumption and replenishing water in the regions we operate. And we think every device should be made with an emphasis on sustainability and aim to continually improve all our products. At our facilities, we have committed to be zero waste by 2030 through material reuse and recycling and are working to reduce our material source consumption. We are building a Planetary Computer — tools and services to help anyone, anywhere better understand the ecosystem around them today and monitor and model impacts from climate or human behavior. We’re also taking responsibility for our own land footprint by committing to permanently protect and restore more land than we use by 2025. And Microsoft is using our balance sheet to accelerate the world’s transformation to a net-zero future through our Climate Innovation Fund, committing $1 billion of capital to invest in meaningful, measurable climate solutions, particularly where the capital need for climate solutions is not being met; supporting technologies that are relevant to Microsoft’s core business and that of our customers; and ensuring developing economies and underserved communities benefit from climate solutions. Across all our areas of focus – carbon, water, waste, and ecosystems – we continue to innovate with customers and partners around the world, offering learnings, resources, and technology – including the power of data and AI – to help them set and achieve their own climate goals. Today, we are one year into a decades-long strategy and have been working hard to turn our commitments into action. And while we’ve made some early progress, we know that one company or organization alone can’t meet the world’s climate challenges. Together with our partners, customers and employees around the world, Microsoft is committed to making the planet we share more sustainable for life on Earth.

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Microsoft have set bold commitments and outlined detailed plans to be carbon negative, zero waste and water positive by 2030 and and build a Planetary Computer to help monitor, model and manage Earth’s natural systems.

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Microsoft @ the event : Data for Impact To empower the Social Innovators on the topic of Artificial Intelligence, it is essential that they fully understand the power and capabilities of data to increase their impact. During the whole event, Microsoft will show in a concrete way how data is the key to success. #Data&AI #Sustainability #Ecosystem #OpenData

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