Green Power Partnership
|Organization Type||Technology & Telecom|
|Percentage Green Power||79.8%|
|Percent of Green Power Use Third-Party Certified (excluding On-site)||100%|
|Awards/Recognition||Partner of the Year 2012|
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Microsoft Corporation, headquartered in Redmond, Washington, is one of the world’s largest technology and software companies. As part of its commitment to operating sustainably, Microsoft is purchasing more than 1.1 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, making the company the third largest green power user in the Green Power Partnership (GPP) as of July 2012. Microsoft’s purchase, along with a combination of energy efficiency measures and an investment in high-quality carbon reduction projects, resulted in the company meeting its goal of reducing carbon emissions by at least 30 percent per unit of revenue below the company’s 2007 baseline.
Microsoft’s green power use will contribute to its recently-announced companywide commitment to achieve carbon neutrality. To achieve this aim, the company created an accountability model which aims to improve efficiencies, increase renewable energy purchases, improve data collection and reporting, and further supports Microsoft’s ongoing goal of reducing its environmental impact. The company is quantifying the carbon impact of its operations and driving business decisions around energy use and air travel by setting an internal price on carbon, measuring emissions, and charging a carbon fee to the teams responsible for those emissions. Funds generated by the fee will be used to support efficiency, renewable energy and carbon offset projects.
Microsoft’s commitment to carbon neutrality is another step in the company’s broader commitment to environmental leadership, from reducing energy consumption in facilities and data centers, to working with partners in the supply chain, to improving the efficiency of its software products and services. An energy-smart buildings project on Microsoft’s Redmond campus that uses software to make buildings more energy efficient is projected to achieve energy savings of approximately $1.5 million in fiscal year 2013 while significantly contributing to the company’s environmental goals. Microsoft also tracks and discloses its emissions through the Carbon Disclosure Project. By sharing its internal strategies and lessons learned, Microsoft is helping its customers, partners and supply chain to carry a similar carbon-free vision forward.