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As a direct result of our internal carbon fee and Microsoft’s commitment to carbon neutrality, our carbon offset strategy is not only reducing GHG emissions, but it is also helping us reach nearly 3 million people through projects which improve health, protect ecosystems and provide income and employment to local communities. As you saw here on the Microsoft Green Blog a few months ago, two of the projects we are contributing to in Madagascar and Indonesia are focused on ecosystem conservation and community development. Today we’re taking you inside the home as we look at three projects which are using carbon finance to deliver health benefits while reducing GHG emissions through more efficient cookstoves and water filtration.
At Microsoft, we are continuously working to pursue the goal of transforming the energy supply chain toward radically greater efficiency and reduced environmental impact. Partnerships are one way to accomplish this, as shown through initiatives like the wind project in Texas and our new partnership with the University of Texas San Antonio’s Sustainable Energy Research Institute (SERI).
Microsoft is committed to reducing our environmental footprint, and over the past two years we continue to meet our goal of becoming carbon neutral. Our approach to meeting that goal, however, continues to evolve. Today, we are announcing another move to make our operations more environmentally sustainable by signing a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy in Illinois that will be funded in part by proceeds from Microsoft’s carbon fee.
Each quarter, Microsoft gives out an Environmental Sustainability Action Award, along with a donation to an environmental charity of the winner’s choice, in recognition of an employee or team who has shown leadership, exemplifying how Microsoft and its employees can have a positive impact.
Today, we are pleased to announce Microsoft Finland as the winner of our first annual Sustainable Subsidiary of the Year Award! This award was created to recognize Microsoft subsidiaries that are embedding sustainable business practices into their everyday operations and are producing exceptional results.