Microsoft fights against climate change

Microsoft wants to reduce his greenhouse gas emissions dramatically. To be more precise, the company not only wants to become "CO2-neutral" by 2030, they also wants to eliminate more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it emits itself.

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Now the US technology giant is going one better: By 2030, the company wants to eliminate more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it emits itself. The company also wants to reclaim all his CO2 emissions from the atmosphere since its foundation 45 years ago. This will lead to a situation in which by 2050 all the emissions you have caused since the company was founded in 1975 will have been offset.

«Neutral is not enough to meet the needs of the world», Microsoft said.

«The scientific consensus is clear,» said CEO Satya Nadella. «The world is facing an acute carbon crisis.» If emissions are not reduced and temperatures continue to rise, the scientific consensus is that the consequences will be «devastating».

Microsoft invests one billion in innovation funds

To advance the development of carbon dioxide storage technologies, so-called carbon capture methods, they will invest up to one billion dollars in innovation funds over the next four years. They will focus on a mix of technologies - such as reforestation, carbon sequestration in the soil, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, and direct aerial photography, Microsoft says.

Cloud services release more CO2 than aviation

It is also planned that Microsoft will completely switch the energy supply for all of the company's data centers and buildings to renewable energies by 2025. The company is the world's second largest operator of data centers for cloud solutions after Amazon. Studies show that cloud services, including streaming services such as Netflix, now emit more CO2 than aviation.

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