Microsoft pledges to be ‘carbon negative’ by 2030

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO | KPMG and Microsoft

Microsoft has pledged to remove all of the carbon from the environment that it has emitted since the company was founded in 1975. The company aims to become ‘carbon negative’ by 2030 and by 2050 remove from the environment all the carbon it has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption.  

Microsoft wants to cut its carbon emissions for its supply and value chain by more than half by 2030 through a portfolio of negative emission technologies, including seeding new forests, soil carbon sequestration – a process of putting carbon back into the ground – direct air capture and bioenergy with carbon capture.  

The company said it would fund the efforts by expanding its internal carbon fee – a fee it charges to its internal business groups to account for their carbon emissions. The fee will now cover all Microsoft-related emissions.