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Microsoft says it will be carbon negative by 2030

Carbon negative by 2030, remove their historical carbon emissions by 2050 and the launch of a $1 billion climate innovation fund are the company's ambitious goals to tackle the carbon emission matter

Microsoft President Brad Smith, Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood and CEO Satya Nadella
Microsoft President Brad Smith, Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood and CEO Satya Nadella preparing to announce Microsoft’s plan to be carbon negative by 2030. Photo: Brian Smale/ Microsoft

As an effort to address environmental issues, Microsoft announced this week that it will be carbon negative by 2030, as well as that it will remove from the environment all the carbon it has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975. The new plan to reduce and eventually remove the company’s carbon footprint was presented by the big tech in a blogpost on their website. 

“We are launching today an aggressive program to cut our carbon emissions by more than half by 2030, both for our direct emissions and for our entire supply and value chain. We will fund this in part by expanding our internal carbon fee, in place since 2012 and increased last year, to start charging not only our direct emissions, but those from our supply and value chains,” says the company in the post.

Seeking to commit not only with their direct operation, but also with the company’s supply chain and customer base, Microsoft has also announced another initiative that aims at using their own innovative technologies to address the carbon emission problems. “We are also launching an initiative to use Microsoft technology to help our suppliers and customers around the world reduce their own carbon footprints and a new $1 billion climate innovation fund to accelerate the global development of carbon reduction, capture, and removal technologies,” Microsoft stated in the official communication.