Microsoft announced plans last week to become carbon negative by 2030, and by 2050 aims to remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975. This shows a clear determination by a top corporation to the climate crisis we currently face, will others follow suit?
“Microsoft is at the helm of what could be a new movement towards negative emissions; it’s a big step beyond what most companies have committed to. But to really shift the needle on climate change, we need 1,000 other Microsofts to follow-suit and turn rhetoric into action,” said Elizabeth V. Sturcken of the Environmental Defense Fund.
Questions remain over how Microsoft plan to achieve its ambitious targets and how far technology can help – reforestation rates may not keep up with growing emissions; but the fact that it is seemingly taking the climate crisis seriously – investing $1 billion to create a climate innovation fund – and taking steps to actively offset and even remove its carbon emissions from the environment sends a clear message to other business.
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