Microsoft today announced a commitment to reduce its operating carbon footprint by 75% by 2030. The new commitment enables Microsoft to meet the Paris climate accord and is part of a company's ongoing commitment to using renewable energy and investing in energy efficiency. According to Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, the company is turning to renewable energy because it is a clean source of energy and gives Microsoft better financial predictability. But even with this new goal, Microsoft is already cutting energy bills.
Microsoft's cloud-based plan to reduce resource consumption has reduced energy consumption in the main campus of Redmond, Washington by nearly 20%, reducing carbon emissions and electricity bills. Microsoft collected energy consumption data that laid the groundwork for Microsoft to buy clean energy now at market prices, and Microsoft will soon provide 100% carbon-free energy to Microsoft's Puget Sound campus.
In short, Microsoft's sustainability goals, the environment, and Microsoft's business will all benefit. The target of reducing operating emissions by 75% by 2030 is above the 2013 baseline. Microsoft is planning to meet its carbon-neutral and renewable energy commitments. Microsoft also hopes their commitment will inspire other groups and companies to set goals and reduce their carbon footprint to help meet the Paris climate accord's goals.