Carbon Neutral

Advancing Sustainable Development through an Internal Price on Carbon — Microsoft’s Approach to Harnessing Tech and Innovation to Advance the SDGs

This week, the U.N. hosted a great event in New York exploring how science, technology and innovation can advance the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The theme, ‘Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world’, aligns closely with Microsoft’s mission to help every person and organization on the planet achieve more, and we were […]

Our Commitment to A Carbon-Neutral Future

This week, I attended the 22nd session of the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP 22) in Marrakesh, Morocco, where I was proud to speak about Microsoft’s actions to work towards a more sustainable, low-carbon future at several events and with representatives from around the world. One of the common themes has been the role of […]

On Location: How Microsoft’s Carbon Fee is Empowering Communities in Africa

While climate change has become an increasingly critical and highly-discussed topic in first world nations, many developing nations are facing the most immediate impacts of extreme and changing weather patterns. These countries are facing severe challenges such as agricultural damage and displacement due to floods and widespread drought. As many living in these countries are […]

Greener datacenters for a brighter future: Microsoft’s commitment to renewable energy

As the world increasingly races to a future based on cloud computing, a host of new and important public issues are emerging.  One of these issues involves the energy and sustainability practices of the datacenters that power the cloud.  Over the past year we’ve spent considerable time focusing on our work in this area at […]

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 […]

How a Voluntary Carbon Fee is Helping Microsoft and the Planet

Microsoft’s global operations have been 100 percent carbon neutral since July 2012—a significant accomplishment made possible by holding ourselves accountable through a voluntary internal carbon fee. This month, in an editorial column for Huffington Post’s What’s Working series, I discussed how we implement the carbon fee at Microsoft and invest the funds collected to achieve […]

New Renewable Energy Deal Delivers Additional Solar Energy in Virginia

Today, we are announcing the launch of an innovative public-private partnership between Microsoft, the Commonwealth of Virginia and Dominion Virginia Power that will bring 20 megawatts of new solar energy onto the grid in Virginia. This will help Microsoft maintain our ongoing commitment to carbon neutrality by bringing new renewable energy directly onto the grid. […]

Microsoft Receives 2016 EPA Climate Leadership Award

I’m honored to be accepting a 2016 EPA Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership on behalf of Microsoft tonight. It’s a privilege for our team to be recognized for our own efforts in mobilizing a company-wide response to climate change through an innovative, internal carbon fee. I also have the opportunity at the Climate Leadership […]

A New Global Climate Agreement: How Technology Will Help Us Reach COP21’s Goals

The agreement reached in Paris at COP21 sends a clear and unmistakable message—the world is committed to taking action to ensure a more sustainable future. Leaders from around the globe have come together in cooperation to create a framework that will help speed the transition to a more resource-efficient, low-carbon society. This global commitment provides […]