This week’s Inspire event saw Microsoft unveil a new green cloud solution. Cloud for Sustainability seeks to help businesses understand and reduce their carbon impact.
With Cloud for Sustainability, Microsoft claims that enterprises can connect to data sources in real-time, accelerate data reporting, precisely quantify carbon, and use cognitive insights to help them take effective environmental action.
According to Microsoft Chief Environmental Officer Lucas Joppa, firms using this technology will be able to measure and report emissions across the value chain.
Microsoft’s new service will allow CIOs to report IT greenhouse gas emissions from the cloud, devices, and apps. Various emissions data sources can be combined into one report to examine carbon emissions.
This cloud platform from Microsoft addresses transparency. Companies can utilize it to provide their customers with a sustainability scorecard. In addition to the three emission scopes, Microsoft says
Companies track their GHG emissions in three scopes. Scope 1 comprises direct emissions from company-owned or controlled sources, such as cars and facilities. For example, indirect emissions from energy generating, heating, and cooling are covered under Scope 2. Scope 3 emissions include distribution, waste disposal, and supplier emissions.
Companies can also divide down emissions data by source. Determining the root cause of an issue can be difficult, but Microsoft’s cloud-based solution can help.
To help every firm handle this pressing need, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said during his keynote at Inspire: “We are bringing together capabilities throughout our cloud and creating a whole new business process category.”
The promise of CO2-Free Energy
As part of its updated 100/100/0 carbon-free energy commitment, Microsoft has launched a sustainable cloud solution. By 2030, the cloud giant wants to buy 100% carbon-free energy.
We simply connect into the local grid, drawing energy from a big pool of electrons generated locally and globally,” Joppa said on her blog. “While we can’t control how energy is produced, we can affect how it is purchased.”
Microsoft said it will buy zero-carbon energy on an hourly basis.
Microsoft isn’t the only corporation making big environmental pledges. Google set a similar target to be carbon-free by 2030.
At the time, Google Chief Sustainability Officer Kate Brandt told SDxCentral, “We’re happy to see another major corporation commit to 24/7 carbon-free energy.” “Business leaders to the White House are increasingly agreeing that we must go beyond emitting and compensating to using carbon-free energy every hour of every day.