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While the physical design of a device certainly plays an important role in how it consumes power, software can also influence power consumption based on how it is programmed to use the device’s CPU, disk and memory. Windows 8 has numerous features that help make it more energy efficient, but we are also starting to see specific applications on the Windows Store that are helping people understand and measure their Windows PC’s energy use.
To be successful in today’s market, businesses must be efficient. From managing paperwork to managing inventory, efficiency at all levels of business has an effect on the bottom line. At Microsoft, we’re constantly adapting to remain a leading technology company, and that is why we’re proud to support Anywhere Working— a United Kingdom-based group initiative that has called attention to the role flexible working plays in efficiency. Along with the benefits of increased productivity and employee wellbeing, flexible working can also support businesses’ environmental sustainability efforts.
We often hear about solar and wind energy, but what other innovative renewable energy ideas are out there? How about research to turn carbon dioxide found in the atmosphere into useful industrial products such as fuel and chemicals or wave energy that can compete on cost with wind energy? Read on to learn more on how researchers and private-sector companies are investing in innovative energy sources to help build the next generation of renewable energy.
Last Thursday evening our very own TJ DiCaprio was awarded the Environmental Protection Agency Individual Climate Leadership Award for the work she has done to reduce carbon pollution and address climate change as Microsoft’s Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability. TJ was recognized for the role she has played in our internal carbon fee initiative.
As the impact of climate change becomes increasingly evident (case in point: this week’s news that global carbon dioxide levels have reached 395 parts per million), technology will need to be part of an “all of the above” approach that includes innovative approaches to both energy generation and efficiency. While renewable energy gets a lot of attention (and rightfully so), there’s also a huge opportunity for developing smart buildings and smart cities that are built on the back of IT. Read on for more on how technology is making buildings smarter and how smart city spending is expected to reach $20 billion by 2020.