On June 1, Trump announced the U.S. would pull out of the Paris climate agreement, angering countries and citizens alike. The withdrawal will happen in 2020 at the earliest, but states and companies have already begun to renew commitments. Microsoft hasn't always been concerned about the climate, but that's changed in recent years. The Redmond giant set its first carbon emission target in 2009 and implemented a global carbon fee in 2012. That fee allowed Microsoft to become carbon neutral, but its emissions are still high. The company has been transitioning to more renewable and energy efficient sources, and its now committed to the next big step. Microsoft plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 75% by 2030, keeping in line with the Paris climate agreement. “This puts Microsoft on a path, as a company, to meet the goals set in the Paris climate agreement, which is a level of decarbonization that many scientists believe is necessary to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius. We estimate this will help avoid more than 10 million metric tons of carbon emissions by 2030,” said Brad Smith, Microsoft's president and chief legal officer.
Microsoft Promises to Meet Paris Climate Agreement: Company to Cut Carbon Emissions by 75% by 2030
By following the Paris climate agreement, Microsoft expects benefits in business as well as the planet. The company will prevent over 10 million metric tons of carbon emissions by 2030.