Microsoft, Water Europe member, announced a year ago to be water positive by 2030, zero waste by 2030, and to protect ecosystems by developing a Planetary Computer. In light of the climate crisis, they set out a carbon negative journey and a grounded sustainability strategy probing that technology can help solve the world’s biggest challenges.
A year after, Microsoft released the 2020 Environmental Sustainability Report to present not only the main achievements and milestones accomplished but also the future steps to take on from now onwards. They focused on four areas: carbon, water, waste and ecosystems to scale by minimizing the negative impacts of their operations and maximizing the positive impacts of the technologies.
Regarding the water issue, Microsoft is drawing a roadmap to become Water Positive by 2030. “Microsoft is taking responsibility for our own water use and developing technology to help others do the same.” stressed Brad Smith, Microsoft’s President. As part of this work, they have already funded twenty water replenishment projects in the process. Since 2020, Microsoft has joined Water Europe to better advocate for smart water policies in the EU. To download the full report, please click here.