Microsoft intends to encourage electrical grids to become cleaner with a new approach to buying renewable energy. The technology giant is now concentrating on creating an impact in the communities where it works. Since 2012, the corporation has purchased enough renewable power to equal the amount of energy it consumes to run its global operations. However, Microsoft does not use renewable energy 100 % of the time. Those sustainable energy purchases may or may not be connected to the same power grids as the enterprise.
If Microsoft achieves its new aim, this might alter. It seeks to ensure that its sustainable energy purchases are fed into the localized grids where it operates by 2030. The move is part of a larger IT and environmental advocacy effort to guarantee that huge energy guzzlers aid in phase-out filthy fossil fuels wherever they operate. “In 2012, we were building with those large chunky wooden pieces like a kid. “The tools and resources we had were a little rudimentary,” stated Brian Janous, Microsoft’s general manager of energy. But, as Janous points out, those building pieces are changing.
By 2030, the corporation wants to be carbon negative, which means it wants to absorb and store more CO2 than it emits. Although the carbon removal technology required to attain that aim does not yet exist at scale, Microsoft is investing in its research. To achieve Microsoft’s climate goals, it will be critical to use less power in the first place. As part of that endeavor, the corporation has attempted to make its servers more energy-efficient by burying them in the water and liquid baths.
Microsoft and other firms with climate change aspirations were constrained by the amount of renewable energy electricity grids can deliver when it came to clean energy. Renewable energy accounts for only approximately 20% of the electricity mix in the United States. As a result, firms such as Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook frequently employ Renewable Energy Credits to demonstrate that money is being directed to renewable energy initiatives that help offset part of the greenhouse gas emissions.
That won’t be sufficient for Microsoft to meet its new climate goal in the future. To ensure a sufficient supply of locally generated clean energy, the corporation is modifying its power purchase agreements (PPAs) to place greater demands on its energy providers. “What we’re heading toward is a model in which we’re actually engaging with our suppliers to say, ‘Look, we’ve got this goal, and we’re going to make it public.’ We require zero-carbon resources generated each hour of every day,” Janous informed The Verge.