Microsoft
Green Blog

The Official Blog of Microsoft's
Environmental Sustainability Team

November, 2013

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    Microsoft Signing Long-Term Deal to Buy Wind Energy in Texas

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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.

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    Bringing the Power Plant Inside the Datacenter

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    clip_image002Last 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.

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    With ChronoZoom, the History of Climate Change Becomes Clearer

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    What if scientists could visualize changes to the planet’s climate over time in order to better understand the sources of human-caused climate change today? A scientist at the University of California at Santa Barbara (USCB) is turning to ChronoZoom...
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    Microsoft’s Ireland Receives Repak’s Best Recycling Award

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    clip_image002This 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.

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    This Week in Sustainability: Energy Efficient Cloud Computing and a New Tool for Clean Energy Investment

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    clip_image002New 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.

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