Microsoft promises to become climate positive in the next ten years, the company writes in a blog post on Thursday. This means that the company will break down more carbons in 2030 than the company will emit.
Twenty years later, in 2050, Microsoft even wants to be so far that it has removed all the carbons that the company has emitted since its founding in 1975 from the atmosphere.
"The planet's temperature has already risen by 1 degree Celsius. If we do not reduce emissions and the temperatures keep on rising, then science will have a catastrophic result," explains Microsoft President Brad Smith. to. "All parties that can afford to take bigger steps and move on must do so."
The promise revolves around both direct and indirect emissions. This concerns matters such as the life cycle of products, the materials used in the construction of factories and the air travel of employees.
To become climate positive and to cut emissions, Microsoft has released an innovation budget of one billion dollars (900 million euros). According to Smith, the innovation fund is needed "because the technology that can solve the problem does not yet exist today."
Microsoft is not the first tech company to publicly set climate goals. Amazon promised to be climate neutral earlier this year in 2040, whereby the company will no longer emit any carbon.