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As part of Microsoft’s commitment to carbon neutrality, we have selected a carbon offset portfolio which enables us to not only reduce our direct carbon emissions, but also delivers a range of benefits from biodiversity protection, to health and wellbeing improvements for families, to food security and job creation. In this blog we consider how forest protection and reforestation projects in our portfolio are working with local communities to deliver impact.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Microsoft on its list of the largest green power users; and has ranked the companyat number two of the top 100 users in the nation.
As the EPA reports, Microsoft currently purchases nearly 2.5 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually for its U.S. operations, which is enough green power to match 100 percent of Microsoft’s U.S. electricity use. Our annual purchase of green power is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the electricity use of nearly 236,000 average American homes annually. In addition to ranking second on the National Top 100 list, Microsoft also ranks second on both the Fortune 500® list and the Top 30 Tech & Telecom list.
Beginning next week, our This Week in Sustainability posts will move to our Facebook page, where we will feature weekly posts highlighting some of our favorite articles looking at the intersection of technology and sustainability. We hope you will continue to follow these posts on Facebook! In the meantime, read on to learn more about how new developments in nanotechnology may revolutionize the battery and how a federal warehouse was turned into a super-green smart building.
“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.