(The Hosting News) – Things are about to get a lot more environmentally friendly at Microsoft. On Tuesday, the tech giant revealed its goal to become entirely carbon neutral by implementing a new standard that begins the first of July.
Discussing the matter in a blog post, the company said, “We recognize that we are not the first company to commit to carbon neutrality, but we are hopeful that our decision will encourage other companies large and small to look at what they can do to address this important issue.”
Meanwhile, Microsoft is taking several steps to maintain solid carbon standards.
A primary part of the plan includes the introduction of a company charge-back platform which fines entities within Microsoft for emitting too many carbon emissions. According to the company, this provides an “economic incentive.”
Also highlighted in the blog post were other measures recently undertaken by the tech giant. Included was a plan to construct more efficient office buildings and along with the introduction of a whitepaper discussing energy efficiency. The company also recently formed a partnership with CarbonSystems allowing Microsoft to use a data collection app to monitor its resources.
The ability to offset carbon emissions plays an integral role in the development of energy efficient data center technology. Just last month, environmental awareness organization Greenpeace rated top tech innovators such as Google, Apple and Microsoft on data center cleanliness. Microsoft received a “C” for its transparency efforts. “Though its focus on reducing the impacts of its data centers is commendable, more transparency and disclosure is needed to show real leadership in the sector,” stated Greenpeace regarding Microsoft at the time.
The unveiling of the company’s carbon neutrality goal shortly follows Microsoft’s introduction of a Data Plant concept last month. In particular, that plan would fuse together power plants and data centers for better renewable energy.