And We're Off - Microsoft's Carbon Fee is Underway

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And We're Off - Microsoft's Carbon Fee is Underway

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After announcing our carbon neutrality commitment in May, Microsoft’s internal carbon fee—the cornerstone of our commitment to neutrality—went into effect last week with the beginning of our 2013 fiscal year.

imageMoving forward, every flight that a Microsoft employee takes will include a carbon fee that will offset the emissions of that flight. Each business group in over 100 countries around the world is including the carbon fee in their budgets for this fiscal year. That means that every Microsoft office, every data center and every Microsoft lab will factor the cost of carbon emissions into their budgets. We expect that our carbon chargeback model, which makes everyone at Microsoft responsible for their carbon emissions, will incent carbon reduction through efficiency measures and encourage the usage of renewable sources of energy. It’s the most important part of Microsoft’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality.

We’ll have more to say over the next few months as the carbon price changes the way we do business at Microsoft. You can learn more about our carbon neutrality commitment by reading the whitepaper we published in early May and in this infographic that illustrates our environmental footprint. In the meantime, keep watching here for more details as we share what we’re learning about bringing the principles of sustainability into Microsoft’s bottom line.

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  • Can you say more about how you decided on the dollar value of your carbon fee? And/or what it is? And is it consistent for any source of carbon? All I could find:

    "Internally at Microsoft, we have established a price for carbon—reflecting true cost accounting—that will provide a new perspective on the cost of emissions. For instance, with this model, the internal cost for electricity use includes not only the price we pay the utility for electricity, but also the price we pay to offset the carbon emissions associated with our electricity use. For air travel, the cost includes not only the price we pay the airline for the airplane ticket, but also the price we pay to offset the carbon emissions associated with the flight."

  • yep,  they left out the part about people breathing.  Are you going to charge them per breath?  Also who does the fee go to?  Are you going to add in electrical consumption?  Power does not grow on trees!  

  • It has nothing to do with the actual cost of carbon mitigation and everything to do with political correctness..

  • Interesting that this policy takes place after billions in profits have been made to pay for it...this is NWO, Agenda 21 policy that will strip us of individual liberties (trees are equivalent to humans), including the elimination of private property, and force us into high density housing where crime rates will soar...everything about this policy is wrong, but the worst part is how dangerous it is to our survival

  • Will smokers have to pay per cigarette?  Also, will people be charged per fart?  These contain methane and other organic gases with a high carbon content, depending on exactly what you ate last night.

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