Microsoft President Brad Smith speaks at Bloomberg’s Sustainable Business Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper)
Microsoft is amping up efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and be a global leader in the fight against climate change. On Monday the software giant unveiled sweeping new sustainability goals, including accelerating its timeline to move all data centers to renewable energy.
Microsoft plans to shift its data centers to 100 percent renewable energy in the next decade and 75 percent by 2023. The company reached 50 percent in early 2018. Microsoft will join the Climate Leadership Council and advocate for carbon pricing nationwide as part of the new sustainability push.
Microsoft is also launching a new initiative to encourage recycling of data center assets using AI and other technologies. Those data centers will be powered by 60 percent renewable energy by the end of 2019, according to the company.
Microsoft will nearly double its “internal carbon tax” to $15 per metric ton as part of the effort. The company implemented the fee across all of its business units in 2012. It is based on projected carbon emissions from each part of the company — everything from carbon use in buildings to transportation.
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