Policy

New Report Shows Momentum Toward an Advanced Energy Future

We know clean energy is good for the environment and that it’s a smart investment for the future of our business. Market data now shows just how important advanced energy is for the growth and sustainability of our economy overall. A new report from Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released today shows that the U.S. advanced […]

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 […]

Supporting Global Action on Climate Change

Next month, countries around the world will gather in Morocco for the annual U.N. meeting on climate change. Since the Paris Climate Agreement was approved by 190 world leaders last December, diplomats have been hard at work developing new global initiatives to support the carbon reduction targets embedded in the Paris Agreement. In fact, over […]

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 […]

Microsoft Supports New Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP)

For years, Microsoft has been engaged in a variety of efforts to better understand and address environmental change. Earlier this year, Microsoft’s Lead Environmental Scientist Dr. Lucas Joppa was appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. Today, we’re highlighting our support for a new effort focused on bridging the gap between […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Microsoft Announces 175 Megawatt Wind Project in Illinois is Now Operational

Just over a year ago, Microsoft announced its largest wind purchase to date: a 175 megawatt (MW) wind facility outside of Chicago that would generate more than enough energy to fully power Microsoft’s Chicago data center. Today, we’re proud to announce that the Pilot Hill Wind Project is up and running—delivering clean, renewable energy that […]