Microsoft has vowed to become carbon negative by 2030, and is pursuing decarbonization measures aimed at removing by 2050 all the carbon it has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975. These efforts require not only decarbonization of the data centers that now constitute crucial infrastructure for both business and everyday life, but also resolution of the issue of climate change across industries and society as a whole. As such, as it strives to meet its own targets, Microsoft needs to broaden its impact by providing tools that its customers and partners can use to measure their own progress, and to operate its data centers and supply chain in a way that continues to earn the trust of its customers.
As a solution for its customers, Microsoft is now providing a preview version of Cloud for Sustainability, an app that enables businesses to more effectively record, report, and reduce their carbon emissions, thereby helping them to achieve net zero.
Microsoft also provides Microsoft Emissions Impact Dashboard as a tool for customers using Microsoft cloud services to track, report, analyze, and reduce carbon emissions stemming from the use of those services. The Emissions Impact Dashboard helps customers gain transparency into the carbon impact of their cloud usage and better understand the root causes of changes in emissions. Companies can use the tool to measure the impact of Microsoft cloud service usage on their carbon footprints, and analyze emissions in detail by month, service, and data center. They can also input data on non-cloud workloads to estimate the extent to which they can reduce emissions by migrating such workloads to Microsoft’s cloud platform. Microsoft has added a data protection function that enables administrators to manage permissions for viewing data within the tool.
In Japan as around the world, more and more businesses are using Microsoft’s cloud services, and with them, tools such as those described above to support their decarbonization efforts. Seven Bank Ltd. (head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) has chosen Microsoft Azure as its standard cloud platform based on its evaluation of Azure’s sustainability, including renewable energy use, reduction of carbon emissions in data center design, construction, and operation, and significant reduction in the amount of water used for cooling data centers. With survey results indicating that leveraging the cloud will enable the company to reduce its carbon footprint by over 90%, cloud usage has become an indispensable part of Seven Bank’s sustainability efforts. Seven Bank has recently announced that it will use Emissions Impact Dashboard for Azure to aid its pursuit of effective initiatives by visualizing and analyzing its carbon emissions.
Microsoft will continue to support the decarbonization and environmental conservation efforts of its customers, and work with them to build a sustainable future.
See below for the latest information on Microsoft’s sustainability initiatives.