Microsoft’s ‘moonshot’ to become carbon negative by 2030

Microsoft reveals an ambitious goal and a new plan to reduce and ultimately remove its carbon footprint, making it ‘carbon negative’ by 2030.

By 2050, Microsoft aims to remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975.

“This is a bold bet — a moonshot — for Microsoft. And it will need to become a moonshot for the world,” says Microsoft president Brad Smith.

“While the world will need to reach net zero, those of us who can afford to move faster and go further should do so,” he states.

Smith, together with CEO Satya Nadella, CFO Amy Hood, and chief environmental officer Lucas Joppa, announced the company’s plans at an event at Microsoft’s Redmond campus.

“Reducing carbon is where the world needs to go, and we recognise that it’s what our customers and employees are asking us to pursue,” says Smith in a blog detailing the company’s new plans.

In connection with this, Microsoft revealed a new programme to help its suppliers and customers reduce their own carbon footprints.

Microsoft says it is also investing US$1 billion over the next four years for a climate innovation fund to accelerate the global development of carbon reduction, capture and removal technologies.

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