Newsletter Signup

Site Search

Microsoft Sustainability News, Milestones, Partnerships and Net Zero Timeline

December 4, 2023 by Joe Panettieri

Microsoft expects to be carbon negative by 2030, and by 2050 the company will remove from the environment all the carbon the firm has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975, the cloud and software giant said in 2020.

Melanie Nakagawa (pictured above), chief sustainability officer, is leading those efforts. But the software company's sustainability goals don't end there.

Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft

Microsoft, led by CEO Satya Nadella, also develops cloud-based sustainability software tools for partners and customers to leverage. And the Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund continues to invest in sustainable startups.

The timeline below, updated regularly, further explains Microsoft's sustainability strategy, key milestones, customer engagements, partner integrations and more. Check back regularly for updates.

December 2023: Software, Research

Multiple updates...

November 2023: Microsoft Sustainability Software and Right to Repair

Multiple updates...

  • Carbon Cost Software: Microsoft Sustainability Manager has a new feature called Carbon fee. The feature, available in preview now, allows organizations to set an internal price (or a “tax”) on their own carbon emissions and encourage substantive reductions, according to Shefy Manayil Kareem, general manage of Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability.
  • Microsoft Surface - Right to Repair: Replacement components for Microsoft Surface devices will now be available directly from iFixit. "This builds upon our collaboration with iFixit to make our products more repairable and will complement our growing network of Authorized Service Providers," the technology giant said.

October 2023: Sustainability Strategy, Milestones, Partnerships and Investments

Multiple updates...

  • Australia: The software company will invest A$5 billion in expanding its hyperscale cloud computing and AI infrastructure in Australia over the next two years, Microsoft said. On the data center sustainability front, "Microsoft will ensure that its new data centres in Australia help meet the company’s sustainability goals of being carbon negative, water positive and zero waste by 2030. This includes using low-carbon materials during construction, as well as using renewable energy, advanced water-cooling features and measures to decrease diesel fuel use during operation," the company said.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Microsoft believes AI can be a "powerful accelerant in addressing climate crisis," CEO Satya Nadella wrote in his annual letter to Microsoft shareholders.
  • IT Consulting Partnership: EY expanded its technology and sustainability partnerships with Microsoft and SAP.

September 2023: Sustainability Strategy, Milestones, Partnerships and Investments

Multiple updates...

  • Green Data Center Hub: DanfossGoogle, Microsoft and Schneider Electric launched the Net Zero Innovation Hub For Data Centers. The hub, based in Fredericia, Denmark, will "bring together the data center sector across Europe to find concrete solutions to accelerate the green transition," the founders said.
  • ESG and Sustainability Training: KPMG, leveraging Microsoft Cloud, launched the ESG and Sustainability Training And Education Platform.
  • Singapore: Microsoft and Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) announced digital sustainability guidelines to "accelerate education and awareness among businesses and developers, as they build sustainable applications by design." The guidelines were created with support from the Green Software Foundation (GSF).
  • Data Centers - Nuclear Power: Microsoft wants to integrate advanced nuclear technology into powering its data centers, according to a job posting from the cloud services and software giant.
  • Data Centers: ENGIE Energy Marketing inked an agreement to provide renewable energy to cover the consumption of select Microsoft data centers in Texas. The collaboration will accelerate Microsoft’s mission to transition to 100% carbon-free energy on an hourly basis by 2030, the companies said.
  • AI and Data Center Water Consumption: Microsoft consumed 6.4 million cubic meters of water in 2022, primarily for its cloud data centers. That represents a 34 percent jump over the year before, with generative AI workloads believed to be at least partially to blame, Data Center Dynamics reported.
  • Partnership - Cloud Services and Artificial Intelligence:  G42 and Microsoft announced plan to offer sovereign cloud services, AI capabilities and data center infrastructure in the UAE. Much of the announcement focused on sustainability. G42 is a technology holding group focused on AI technologies. The partnership surfaces a few months before COP28 starts in the UAE.
  • Cloud Application Partnership: Global IT consulting firm Accenture, working closely with Microsoft, has developed a cloud-based application for energy companies that are seeking to manage methane gas emissions.

August 2023: Microsoft Sustainability Strategy, Milestones and Investments

Michelle Patron, senior director of global sustainability policy, Microsoft

Multiple updates...

July 2023: Sustainability Strategy Milestones

Multiple updates...

Brandon Potter
Alec Saunders
  • Earnings Call: Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability is helping customers like Costco, Land O'Lakes and REI take action to meet their environmental goals, CEO Satya Nadella said during the company's earnings call on July 25, 2023.
  • Cloud for Energy Companies: The company announced general availability of Azure Data Manager for Energy. The application allows enables energy companies to manage "compute-intensive workloads at global scale, and quickly ingests data for analytics and decision-making."
  • Partner Guidance: During Microsoft Inspire 2023, a virtual conference for partners, Group Product Manager Brandon Potter and Worldwide Sustainability Partner Strategy Leader Alec Saunders are expected to describe how partners can navigate the European Union's Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), which will also impact thousands of U.S.-based companies.
  • Energy Partnership - Data Centers: Constellation Energy has inked an agreement with Microsoft to "significantly reduce the carbon footprint of one of Microsoft’s data centers in Boydton, Virginia." Under the agreement, the facility will receive up to 35% in environmental attributes from nuclear power, complementing Microsoft's new wind and solar purchases, the companies said. The agreement puts Microsoft "very close to its goal of operating the data center on 100 percent carbon-free electricity around the clock," the companies said.

June 2023: Cloud Milestones

Multiple updates...

May 2023: Microsoft Sustainability Strategy Milestones

Multiple updates...

Shefy Manayil Kareem, GM, Microsoft Cloud for sustainability
  • Partner Integrations: The company is working with partners to provide specialized Microsoft Sustainability Manager connectors. Those connectors, in turn, provide streamlined ingestion, collection and aggregation of Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 data, according to Shefy Manayil Kareem, general manager of Microsoft Cloud for sustainability. In an a detailed blog explaining the integrations, Kareem described relationships with Arcadia for energy data, Seeq analytics software for process manufacturers, Johnson Controls OpenBlue Enterprise Management for physical buildings, Cognite Data Fusion for asset-heavy industries, and Mesa Impact for corporate sustainability management.
  • Sustainability Hackathon: Four Wipro employees won the Microsoft Pledge to Progress: Sustainability Hackathon. The hackathon provides a platform for organizations and individuals to "develop progressive solutions that can help reduce carbon emissions, save water, manage waste, create green software." The solutions are built on the Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability platform.
  • Partnership - Startup Accelerator: The company and Accenture have announced the third cohort of the Project Amplify program. The latest round will support 13 Indian startups with solutions focusing on clean tech, circularity, regenerative agriculture, education and skilling, the companies said.
  • Partnership - Global Consulting and Software: This deal involves Fujitsu Uvance.
  • Partnership - Consulting & Software: KPMG has launched a Circularity Tracker solution built atop Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability. The software helps to "automate data collection from diverse sources and perform model-based data calculations using standards, regulatory reporting metrics and universally accepted measurement frameworks for circularity performance," KPMG said.
  • 2022 Sustainability Report: Details are here.
  • Fusion Energy: The company has signed an agreement to receive electricity from Helion Energy's first fusion power plant starting in 2028. Constellation will serve as the power marketer and will manage transmission for the project.
  • Funding: Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund has invested in AMP Robotics Corp., a provider of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and infrastructure for the waste and recycling industry. This investment lifts AMP’s Series C round, led by Congruent Ventures and Wellington Management, to a total of more than $99 million.
  • Funding: Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund invested in Energy Impact Partners' Elevate Future Fund I, which raised $111.9 million.

April 2023: Sustainability Strategy Milestones

Multiple Updates...

  • Microsoft CEO Statement: During Microsoft's April 2023 earnings call with Wall Street analysts, CEO Satya Nadella said: "Our Cloud for Sustainability is seeing strong adoption from companies in every industry, including BBC, Nissan and TCL as they deliver on their respective environmental commitments." Still, the company did not disclose actual revenue figures tied to the sustainability cloud service.
  • Azure Cloud for Sustainable Energy Research: Johnson Matthey is leveraging Microsoft Azure Quantum to drive new discoveries in sustainable energy, the two companies said.
  • Singapore: The company, together with Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and SGTech, have launched the Singapore GreenTech Challenge 2023. This nationwide challenge aims to “accelerate the development and use of innovative sustainability solutions in Singapore, as the nation makes progress on its green plan and works towards getting to net zero by 2050,” Microsoft said.
  • IoT Integration Partner: Seeq Corporation, a developer of industrial internet of things advanced analytics software, announced Seeq Solution for Microsoft Sustainability Manager. The solution “enables sustainability teams to extend the power of Microsoft Sustainability Manager… to integrate time series process data preparation, analysis, and continuous improvement, reducing the environmental impact of process industry operations,” the company said.
  • CSO Perspectives: Microsoft Chief Sustainability Officer Melanie Nakagawa described her typical day, in an interview with FastCompany
  • AI Concerns and Sustainability: A blog assured customers and partners that the software company will leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a responsible way to assure fairness, reliability and safety, privacy and security, inclusiveness, transparency and accountability. The blog surfaced a few days after Elon Musk called for a six-month pause on big tech AI projects to study their potential implications…
  • SaaS Software: The BBC (British Broadcasting Company) has embraced Microsoft Sustainability Manager to help manage carbon emissions and overall sustainability performance, according to Danielle Mulder, the BBC’s group director for sustainability, the software company reported.
  • Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund: The $1 billion Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund, launched three years ago, has about $400 million left to invest, according to Bloomberg. Where will that money go? The fund’s directors will target areas set to benefit from the $370 billion in climate spending allocated by the Biden administration’s landmark Inflation Reduction Act, Bloomberg said.

March 2023: Microsoft Sustainability Strategy Milestones

Multiple updates...

Melanie Nakagawa, chief sustainability officer, Microsoft
  • Water Management: Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability previewed Water Management Features and Ecolab Collaboration.
  • Funding & Recycling: The company was among six major businesses to fund Circular Services, which positions itself as the largest privately held recycling company in the United States. 
  • Agriculture Sustainability: Bayer — working with Sonata Software and Microsoft — has built a cloud solution for the agri-food industry. The solution will “benefit farmers seeking to track carbon emission and capture, track disease, pest and weed pressure, apply precision inputs, identify crop growth and production patterns, measure potential yield, and analyze heat stress impact, rainfall, hail and weather data,” Bayer said.
  • Sustainability Consulting Partnership: e& enterprise of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) has selected Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability solutions as the foundation for a Sustainability-as-a-Service offering.
  • Scope 3 Research Findings & Challenges: Only 16% of companies analyzed have publicly set science-based targets for operational carbon emissions, according to research from the company and Tata Consultancy Services.
  • Systems Integrator Partnerships: The company in a blog touted global systems integrators, ISVs, consultancies, and sustainability partners that are integrating with Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability.

January 2023 and Earlier

Check back regularly for more timeline updates.

subscribe to our newsletter


2 comments on “Microsoft Sustainability News, Milestones, Partnerships and Net Zero Timeline”

  1. How does Microsoft's sustainability strategy and netzero timeline compare to Amazon? Can you share any comparative data?????

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Latest Updates

  • Search Our Sustainability Databases

  • 2024 Webcasts

    • >Q1: SEC Climate Disclosure Rules - Five Things to Know
    • >Q2: Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 Measurements - How to Get Started
    • >Q3: How to Price and Sell ITAM, ITAD and E-Waste Services
    • >Q4: Green Data Centers - Five Secrets to Success
    • Register for one or more
  • Sustainable Tech Partner is a digital media platform and online community. Our content empowers technology partners and their customers to achieve a sustainable future.
    Tab #1
    Tab #2
    Tab Content #1
    Tab Content #2
    linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram