The world is facing an urgent need to dramatically reduce its carbon consumption. Climate experts agree that people, companies, industries and nations must take urgent action to reduce carbon emissions. And according to Accenture, 94% of top CEOs cite sustainability as important or very important to the future success of their businesses.
In response to this need, Microsoft recently announced a new cloud offering that addresses sustainability. Designed to help companies measure, understand and take charge of their carbon emissions, Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability allows organization to create sustainability goals and take action.
Measuring the overall environmental impact of an organization is particularly challenging.
Organizations need to be able to record their environmental footprint, report to stakeholders, reduce their resource usage, remove their footprint through carbon offsets or recycling and replace high-footprint resources with low-footprint ones.
But doing this effectively means moving away from manually inputting data into spreadsheets, and toward a more seamless data flow via data connectors that provide automated, accurate, real-time data — and ultimately, turn those data-driven insights into action. That is where Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability comes in.
Here are a few examples of scenarios that demonstrate how organizations will be able to leverage Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability to achieve their goals:
- CIOs will be able to easily report on IT carbon emissions from the cloud, devices and applications as part of their department’s environmental footprint. They will then be able to connect their emissions data sources into one view for reporting
- Companies will be able to offer their customers a sustainability scorecard to track progress against their carbon emission reduction goals, inclusive of scope 1-3 emissions (i.e., emissions from a company’s owned sources, emissions from purchased energy and all other emissions)
- Customers will be able to pinpoint specific emission areas and track if they are meeting their emission reduction goals. For instance, if an HVAC system is not on track to meet its prescribed emissions reduction target, the task can be assigned to operations to make the necessary improvements to reach that target
To learn more about what this announcement means across industries, visit microsoft.com/sustainability. Read the original article, penned by Judson Althoff, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.
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