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Microsoft wants to be carbon negative by 2030 and remove all the carbon it has ever produced by 2050

By Kenny Yeo - on 17 Jan 2020, 10:32am

Microsoft wants to be carbon negative by 2030 and remove all the carbon it has ever produced by 2050

Microsoft President Brad Smith, Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood, and CEO Satya Nadella. (Image source: Microsoft)

After a year of devastating floods and unprecedented bush fires, it is clear that climate change is an issue that we all need to tackle.

In light of that, Microsoft has announced a big and bold plan to go green and to help ease climate change.

In a statement, Microsoft said that it plans to be carbon negative by the end of the decade. This means it will help remove more carbon dioxide than it emits.

But perhaps more impressively, it also wants to remove all of its historical carbon emissions by 2050.

To do this, the company will plan to source all of its electricity use from renewable sources, electrify its global campus vehicle fleet, and invest heavily in new technologies.

It plans to spend US$1 billion over the next four years to fund research and innovation in reducing, capturing, and removing carbon dioxide.

It all sounds very good but Microsoft admits that it won't be easy. In the statement, it called this initiative a "moonshot".

But it also said that this is the right thing to do and that this is "where the world needs to go", which, given the number of environmental disasters that we have had in the past year, I'm inclined to agree.

Source: Microsoft