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Microsoft® announces to become carbon neutral
Microsoft Corporation, the biggest software company in the world, has announced that from July 1 the company will go ‘carbon neutral’.
The shift results from three years of internal discussions within the company to improve Microsoft’s carbon footprint and environmental performance. The company will roll out the new changes, including a new accounting system, across its operations in over 100 countries.
According to chief environmental strategist Rob Bernard, the software giant will establish a series of new ‘internal carbon fees’ for all its units that could raise as much as US $10 million annually. The main objective is to save money for Microsoft, which is a major consumer of power and runs data centers in many countries.
All Microsoft employees, whether they work in data centers, software development laboratories, administrative buildings, or are traveling for the company, will be affected by the new carbon accounting rules. The carbon pricing and charge-back model will push the company to increase its overall energy efficiency and use more renewable energy resources instead of conventional fossil fuels. For carbon emissions that cannot be eliminated through efficiency measures, Microsoft promises to purchase renewable energy credits and carbon offsets.