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Microsoft Sustainability News, Milestones, Partnerships and Net Zero Timeline

April 22, 2024 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.

Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft

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

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.

April 2024 Updates: Microsoft Sustainability Initiatives

  • Hannover Messe 2024 Conference: Microsoft is on-hand at the Hannover Messe 2024 conference to evangelize cloud partnerships that involve industrial automation, AI and sustainability.
  • AI Software: Microsoft Sustainability Manager is gaining an AI-powered capability called what-if analysis. The capability, now in preview, enables customers to "forecast the impact of business practice changes on your overall emissions footprint so you can implement more informed carbon reduction strategies."
  • Carbon Capture Partnership: CO280 and Aker Carbon Capture have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement with Microsoft to "explore opportunities for scaling the full physical and digital value chain of carbon removal in the US and Canada," the companies said. Much of the effort involves North America's pulp and paper industry -- which represents a carbon removal opportunity of up to 130 million tons per year, the companies said.
  • Conference Previews: When the Microsoft Build 2024 conference arrives in May, the developer event will feature multiple AI and cloud sessions focused on sustainability. Also of note: Microsoft Ignite 2024 -- a customer and partner event -- is scheduled for November in Chicago.
  • Sustainable by Design: The technology giant is emphasizing a sustainable by design strategy that involves three priorities, according to a blog from Microsoft's CSO. The focus areas include: (1) Optimizing datacenter energy and water efficiency; (2) advancing low-carbon materials, creating global markets to help advance sustainability across industries; and (3) improving the energy efficiency of AI and cloud services.
  • Data Center Project: Microsoft and OpenAI have been in talks to invest as much as $100 billion in an AI supercomputer projectThe Information reported.

March 2024 Updates

February 2024 Updates

  • AI for Microsoft Sustainability Manager: Microsoft, as expected, unveiled multiple Cloud for Sustainability updates and code previews -- including AI (artificial intelligence) capabilities that involve Copilot in Microsoft Sustainability Manager.

January 2024 Updates

Multiple updates...

Erin Henderson
Erin Henderson, director of nuclear development acceleration, Microsoft

See next page for earlier updates...

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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?????

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