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Last year we announced that Microsoft would make a commitment to become carbon neutral. The cornerstone of that commitment was an internal carbon fee that’s designed to increase the company’s costs for using carbon-based forms of energy. An intended result? Buying more renewable energy and becoming more energy efficient. Today, we are pleased to announce that we are moving forward with purchasing renewable energy directly. We have signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy in Texas that will be funded in part by proceeds from Microsoft’s carbon fee.
Last week we announced a 20-year deal to purchase wind energyin Texas as part of our commitment to powering our datacenters from cleaner energy sources. But designing datacenters that use less energy is still a top priority for Microsoft.
That’s why our Global Foundation Services team, in partnership with Microsoft Research, is exploring a proof-of-concept datacenter that would integrate fuel cells directly into the server racks of the datacenter. This effectively brings the power plant inside the datacenter and has the potential to double the efficiency of traditional datacenters.
This October, our Microsoft Ireland team received the top honor at the 2013 Repak Recycling Awards for their efforts in packaging reduction and implementing more sustainable packaging protocols. The awards are given to organizations that have a remarkable focus and determination to implement best practices in packaging reduction.
New innovation to increase computing efficiency has exploded over the past decade. No longer does all of your information have to be stored on a hard drive, but instead cloud computing has enabled companies to operate applications in the cloud with a much lower carbon footprint. Read on to learn more about how companies are shifting to the cloud to reduce carbon emissions and a new mapping tool that uses Big Data to help businesses identify new opportunities for clean energy investment.