Microsoft President, Brad Smith, on stepping up climate ambitionWe Mean Business coalition
In January Microsoft announced a commitment to net-zero carbon by 2030. In September the company announced a commitment to 1.5 and carbon neutrality by 2030.
“The year 2020 has been important for all of us at Microsoft, not just in fighting Covid-19 but stepping up our ambition to address climate change. We committed in January that we would be carbon-negative as a company by 2030 and we will remove from the environment by 2050, all of the carbon that Microsoft has emitted since it was founded in 1975. It’s a big set of goals and we’ve been moving quickly to embrace them. We’ve increased our internal carbon tax, so it applies to scope 1,2 and 3 emissions. These are real funds that are generated and we are spending this money to cut our carbon emissions.
“We are moving rapidly towards our goals so that by 2025 all of our data centres, all of our offices worldwide will be running on renewable energy. And we are moving forward to start taking carbon out of the environment.”