Microsoft is planning to remove all the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere that it has emitted since it was founded in 1975. Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella said that the company will achieve the goal in the next 30 years. He also said that the company is planning to become carbon negative by 2030. According to the tech giant, the commitment will be not just limited to the direct emissions but across its supply chain too. By doing this, the company will leave behind its cloud-computing rival Amazon which has plans to go carbon neutral by 2040. Microsoft president Brad Smith said that it is not enough to go neutral when it comes to carbon.
The climate of our world is changing as the heat gets trapped because of a blanket of gas created by carbon dioxide, Smith said. “Results will catastrophic if temperatures continue to rise and we do not curb carbon emissions,” he added. The tech giant said that it has plans to spend USD 1 billion over the next four years for this purpose. The fund will be used to develop technologies that will help to capture, reduce and remove carbon from the atmosphere. Commenting on the development, senior corporate campaigner for Greenpeace USA Elizabeth Jardim said that the announcement shows a ‘more serious and holistic’ approach of Microsoft. He also said that the company is undermining its goals by partnering with gas and oil companies. Microsoft is providing artificial intelligence and cloud computing to these companies and this can speed up the extraction of fossil fuels.
Earlier, Microsoft had set an interim goal of 70 per cent renewable energy by 2023. But the company has now decided to hit 100 per cent renewable for all its buildings and data centers by 2025. The announcement comes just ahead of World Economic Forum in Davos where elites from across the globe will be gathering. Global warming, extinction of animal species, etc will be the main focus of the conference. It is worth mentioning that Microsoft alone is responsible for 16 million metric tons of carbon emissions per year. For the uninitiated, Apple and search engine giant Google have claimed to already reach the 100 per cent milestone.