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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.
Last fall we shared details of our carbon offset strategy here on the Microsoft Green Blog, giving you some insight into the programs and projects underway as a direct result of our internal carbon fee and Microsoft’s commitment to carbon neutrality. As we noted then, we’ve chosen to invest in carbon offsets because, in addition to helping us achieve global emissions reductions, our carbon offset strategy also helps us deliver the added economic, societal and educational benefits that Microsoft is already committed to providing around the world. Today we want to take you a bit deeper into two of our current projects and show the local impact, from ecosystem conservation to community development, these efforts are making. Below, we dive into the jungles of Madagascar and the wilds of Indonesia for a more in-depth look.
“We take energy, and we transform that into data.” Brian Janous, Microsoft’s director of energy strategy, discusses how Microsoft’s work with datacenters fits into both its energy strategy and its overall environmental sustainability strategy. Brian, who previously spent much of his career working in the energy sector, joined Microsoft because he believed it was at the nexus of energy and IT, two industries currently going through great changes. Datacenters make up a large portion of Microsoft’s carbon footprint. And as Brian shares in this video interview, he has discovered that his work on energy aligns significantly with Microsoft’s sustainability strategy.
This week Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of top U.S. companies, published its 2013 reporton how many of the U.S.’s top companies are addressing sustainability challenges. The report includes a letter from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who outlines how Microsoft is using technology to reduce its carbon footprint and how technology can achieve gains in energy efficiency.
Business Roundtable is a who’s who of American business. The companies represented by the organization comprise more than $7.3 trillion in annual revenue and combined represent nearly one-third of the total value of the U.S. stock market. The key theme in this year’s report—which is entitled “Create, Grow, Sustain: How Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good”—is that companies are making a difference in their communities, developing products that improve lives and are pursuing socially responsible business practices.