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Climate change is a serious challenge for our society and for businesses around the world. As a company, we are focused not only on ways for us to reduce the environmental impact of our business, but also on the important business opportunity climate change presents. We believe that climate change is and will continue to drive significant changes in business and society; this is why last week Microsoft joined the growing number of companies who have signed on to the Climate Declaration, a nonpartisan statement from the business community that “tackling climate change is one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st Century.”
As urgency to address global warming has grown, climate modeling has become an increasingly valuable tool and resource for policymakers looking to understand how the planet is changing. Meanwhile, new energy storage technologies are being developed that have the potential to support low-carbon emitting energy creation such as solar and wind power. Read on to learn more about how technology can help us better understand the planet and the role emerging technologies have to play in tackling climate change.
Technology is playing an increasingly central role in providing access to water for people in developing countries. Recently profiled here on the Microsoft Green Blog, new technology in India is helping to combat water-borne diseases, while in Australia desalinization technology is advancing. Meanwhile in the developed world, corporate social responsibility (CSR) leaders are learning more about the positive impact sustainability efforts are having on their employees and, surprisingly, sometimes their bottom line. Read on to learn more.
Today the CDP issued its annual climate change report and included Microsoft for the first time ever in the Global 500 Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) for the company’s commitment to climate change action and transparency in disclosing our carbon emissions. We’re honored that Microsoft is one of many companies recognized for its leadership in responding to climate change.
One of the great joys of my job, and something that motivates me to come to work every day, is the idea that our work can make a difference. In the past year, our team, along with NGO partners and carbon offset companies, have spent a tremendous amount of time trying to decide how best to leverage Microsoft’s carbon neutral funds. Today, I am pleased to share with you some of the projects we are funding.