Microsoft releases ‘Carbon Fee Playbook’ to help companies reduce emissions

Dec 11, 2013

Microsoft has taken a leading role to reduce its carbon footprint and create awareness about how companies can reduce carbon emissions. Now, a newly released “Carbon Fee Playbook” can help other businesses and organizations do their own planning to take similar steps.

“Carbon Fee Playbook” offers a “comprehensive overview of our approach to creating and implementing an internal carbon price and fee,” writes Josh Henretig on the Microsoft Green Blog.

In 2012, Microsoft put into place a goal of achieving net zero emissions for the company’s data centers, software development labs, offices, and employee business air travel in more than 100 countries around the world. To help achieve that goal, the company established an internal carbon fee based on market pricing for renewable energy and carbon offsets. Business groups within Microsoft are financially responsible for the cost to offset their carbon emissions.

“As one of those companies that has put a price on carbon, we now have a common language for how to drive awareness around and begin to reduce emissions,” Henretig writes. “It’s made environmental sustainability an increasingly important part of how Microsoft does business.”

To download a free copy of the “Carbon Fee Playbook” PDF and to read more, head over to the Microsoft Green Blog.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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