Microsoft targets diesel backup power to reduce emissions. As it pushes towards becoming carbon neutral, Microsoft has started to look at how it can replace backup power generators in its data centers.
A computer Weekly reported in January, the company’s CEO, Satya Nadella, unveiled a far-reaching plan to reverse the company’s entire historical carbon footprint from 1975. This year, Microsoft aims to remove 1 million metric tons of carbon from the environment. It now hopes to help to improve the transparency of carbon emission reporting in the Azure public cloud.
In a Blog Post, Microsoft’s chief environmental officer, Lucas Joppa, said a new tool with the concept of Green IT, called the Microsoft Sustainability Calculator aims to tackle the problem organizations face when trying to achieve meaningful carbon reduction goals without the ability to measure carbon emissions.
“Using AI and advanced analytics, the Microsoft Sustainability Calculator provides actionable insights on how to reduce emissions and the ability to forecast emissions, and simplifies carbon reporting.
“It uses consistent and accurate carbon accounting to quantify the impact of Microsoft cloud services on your environmental footprint. It calculates how moving additional applications and services to the cloud will help further reduce your emissions. It easily identifies and compiles reports for voluntary or statutory reporting requirements.”
The GHG Protocol Corporate Standard classifies a company’s carbon emissions into three “scopes”. Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from owned or controlled sources. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy, while Scope 3 emissions are all indirect emissions that occur in the company’s supply chain. Scope 3 includes both upstream and downstream emissions
In the blog post, Joppa described how Microsoft would tackle direct Scope 1 and indirect Scope 2 emissions. “To reduce our Scope 1 and 2 emissions to near zero, we need to change how we operate. We’re on the path pf Green IT to obtaining renewable energy power purchase agreements for 100% of the day-to-day power of our data centers by the middle of this decade. Today, we’re additionally announcing that we’re aiming to eliminate our dependency on diesel fuel by 2030.”