Rob Bernard

Rob Bernard
Meet Rob
As part of the company’s corporate, external and legal affairs group, Rob is responsible for defining and implementing the global strategy for Microsoft’s environmental efforts. His work includes working across the company to maintain carbon neutrality, advance our investments in renewable energy, improve energy efficiency in operations, and work with customers and partners to help empower them to better leverage IT to drive a more sustainable planet.

Four Green Tech Predictions for 2017

The end of the calendar year is a traditional time of reflection, of the ups and downs of the past year, and to think about what to expect in 2017. As Microsoft’s chief environmental strategist, I am encouraged by the progress made on some environmental issues in the past year, but there is still much […]

Microsoft Announces Two New Partnerships that Leverage Cloud Capabilities for Smarter Energy Policy and Deployment

The Paris climate accord is on pace to enter into force well ahead of schedule. Now, the world’s attention is shifting to the immense task of formulating strategies and solutions that will allow countries to reduce their carbon emissions. Addressing climate change will require action not only from these national governments, but also from private […]

Leading the Sustainable Data Revolution

We are at the cusp of a transformation – as a society, as an industry and as a company. That was the message I delivered to a diverse group of environmental and energy leaders at VERGE16 at my keynote session yesterday. The world is experiencing the very real effects of climate change, including extreme weather, […]

Microsoft’s Lucas Joppa Appointed to NOAA Climate Advisory Committee

Last week, Microsoft’s Lead Environmental Scientist Dr. Lucas Joppa was among 15 individuals appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. The committee will advise the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on ongoing climate research and assessment activities in order to improve the nation’s understanding and response to environmental change. Microsoft […]

Microsoft and Primus Power Announce New Pilot Program for Datacenter Energy Storage

Today I was honored to participate in the White House’s “Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets” event. It was a pleasure to meet with public and private sector professionals to discuss critical energy topics, including the acceleration of commercial energy storage. Exploring next generation technologies for energy storage and management is a key […]

Microsoft Hosts Renewable Energy Alliance Summit

Microsoft was honored to host the Renewable Energy Alliance (REBA) Summit at our Redmond campus last month. Addressing climate change requires partnership across industries, and we believe that convening this group of industry leaders was an important step to ensuring a more sustainable future. At the REBA Summit, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer Brad […]

For Earth Day—Improving Efficiency and Sustainability Worldwide

Today is Earth Day, and it’s a particularly momentous occasion this year: representatives of more than 130 nations, including the United States, are gathered in New York City to sign the international climate accord (COP21) that was reached last December in Paris. As I wrote then, COP21 was a truly historic event for helping secure […]

Join Microsoft in Celebrating Earth Day

Microsoft believes that technology can empower people and organizations to achieve a more sustainable future for our planet. From our devices to our cloud, we’re using the power of technology to minimize the environmental impact of our products and improve the efficiency of our global business operations. Although Microsoft has been a carbon neutral company […]

Microsoft Signs Joint Amicus Brief in Support of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

On April 1, Microsoft—along with Amazon, Apple and Google— filed an amicus brief with the Washington D.C. Circuit Court in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP). The CPP would empower the EPA to limit power companies’ carbon emissions, reducing our nation’s carbon footprint and driving investment in clean, renewable […]

New SR-520 Bridge Will Help Create a More Sustainable Seattle

On Saturday the new SR-520 Bridge opens in Seattle—the result of a successful public-private partnership that will reduce traffic congestion and help protect the environment. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, the bridge’s new HOV lanes and “smart highway” technology will improve traffic flow across Lake Washington, resulting in a projected 10 percent […]