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The partnership will seek to introduce “data translators” that act as decision-support tools to inform communities and businesses who are inexperienced in interacting with data

Tech giants join NASA and the White House to enhance data-driven climate resiliency

The White House and NASA have partnered with a host of technology giants including Google, Amazon and Microsoft to "harness the data revolution" as a means to develop climate resilience alongside the World Resources Institute (WRI).

According to the report, smart technology will fail to reach its potential without the aid of incentivised policies

Report: Digital technology uptake needed to reach Sustainable Development Goals

A host of technology frontrunners including Microsoft, BT and Verizon have urged countries to accelerate the uptake of digital technology, claiming that smart solutions and the Internet of Things (IoT) would be "indispensable" to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Around 44% of electricity consumed by Microsoft data centres globally is sourced from renewables

Microsoft pledges to develop 'greener' data centres

Tech giant Microsoft wants to combat the growth and electricity consumption of its data centres, by adding more clean sources to its energy mix in an attempt to reach a 60% renewables target "early in the next decade".

REBA says it will work with companies to overcome hurdles faced when negotiating with utilities and regulators

Microsoft and Facebook unite to accelerate clean energy revolution

Tech giants Microsoft and Facebook have pledged to develop 60GW of renewable energy by 2025, along with companies including Unilever, Kellogg's and IKEA as part of the newly launched Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA).

Apple was the only company to receive an A+ grade from analyst InfluenceMap

Apple ranked as highest scoring corporation for climate influence

Tech giant Apple's continuous drive to champion renewable energy has seen it top a list of more than 150 companies - including rivals Microsoft and Google - to receive the first 'A+ grade' from a sustainability analysis group.

Christiana Figueres’ optimistic predictions about the Paris Agreement follows a series of positive announcements on climate change made by national governments and big businesses

Christiana Figueres expects Paris Agreement to take effect in 2018

The UN's soon-to-depart climate chief has said that the Paris climate change pact agreed last December could come into force two years earlier than the originally planned date of 2020.

The Tech Amici – collectively worth more than $1.7trn – have lobbied to support the plan, after implementing an array of low-carbon initiatives themselves

Google and Apple among tech giants backing Clean Power Plan

The four largest tech giants Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft have collectively warned that any attempts to block a low-carbon transition in the US would prove 'costly' to both the global economy and human wellbeing.

RE100 projects that the current group of 53 signatories will reach an average of 80% renewable electricity by 2020

RE100 companies halfway to 100% renewable target

The 53 companies that have signed up to the RE100 pledge to source 100% renewable energy are on average, halfway to their goals, a new report by The Climate Group and CDP shows.

The new projects will power Google's data centres and brings the company's renewable energy capacity to 2 gigawatts

Google looks to triple renewable capacity through RE100

Google has upped its already ambitious green energy procurement programme, adding 842MW of renewable energy capacity and joining the RE100 initiative with a new target to triple its purchase of renewable energy by 2025.

The report says the 172 commitments made so far were inspired by three main factors: values, efficiency and competitiveness

172 businesses, regions and cities now have major decarbonisation targets

One hundred and seventy two major companies, cities and regions have now committed to 100% renewable energy or reducing emissions by 80-100%, new data has revealed.

The announcement from the White House represents $140bn in planned low-carbon investment

American firms pledge $140bn to support Obama's climate action

Apple, Coca-Cola and Walmart are among 13 American multinationals that have put forward $140bn of new low-carbon investment in an announcement at the White House today (27 July).

Gates told the Financial Times that current renewable technologies would only be able to reduce CO2 emissions at “beyond astronomical cost

Bill Gates: Next-gen renewable tech could be solution to climate change

Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has called for international Governments to triple R&D funding for renewable technologies in order to find a 'magic solution' to climate change.

Companies are turning to apps to make renewable energy and sustainability more accessible

VIDEO: New IRENA app puts green data at your fingertips

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched a new smartphone app which gives the public direct access to up-to-date information on renewable energy potential worldwide.

The One Drop of Life app brings to light the importance of water resources in an entertaining manner

Microsoft turns to gamification to tackle water crisis

Tech giant Microsoft has taken its corporate social responsibility to the world of smartphones, with the launch of a new mobile app designed to raise awareness of global water issues.

Greenpeace analysed the transparency, efficiency and renewable energy commitments of 17 tech giants, including Google, Facebook Amazon, IBM and Yahoo

Amazon locks horns with Greenpeace over energy commitment

Greenpeace and Amazon have become embroiled in a public spat after the charity claimed the online retailer's renewable energy commitments "lacked basic transparency".

The Rocky Mountain Institute has launched the Business Renewables Centre (BRC) Institute in response to growing demand for renewables

Collaborative corporate project launched to support 'watershed decade' for renewables

Wind and Solar capacity in the United States could double by 2025 as demand increases from corporations seeking to fulfil commitments to shift to renewables.

The work is being sponsored by Microsoft's Registered Refurbisher Programme, which already works with PC refurbishers to extend the life of Windows PCs

Microsoft-iFixit scheme offers free training for fledgling repair and reuse firms

Microsoft has entered into a partnership with iFixit, the online repair manual site, to boost the reuse market for smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Top 50 global green brands - the full list

Interbrand has named the top 50 'Best Global Green Brands' for 2014. We give you the run down below, and links to the latest sustainability activity that helped the leaders make the list.

Ford's portfolio includes five electric vehicles; two plug-in hybrids, two hybrids and one all-electric

Ford ranked top global green brand for 2014 as carmakers race ahead

Ford has taken the top spot from Toyota as the number one global green brand this year - with car makers claiming all top four positions - according to Interbrand's latest annual ranking table.

Microsoft is among 10 founding partners of the newly launched R2 Leader programme

Microsoft, Sony and Panasonic commit to more responsible recycling

Microsoft, Panasonic, Xerox and Sony America have teamed up to back a new programme to encourage more reuse and responsible recycling of used consumer electronics goods.

The majority of brands ranked in the report received a D‐label, meaning that they met less than 35% of the sustainability performance criteria

Consumer electronic brands sustainability reporting remains 'murky'

Electronic brands vary widely when it comes to sustainable performance with 75% of the top 20 brands guilty of some degree of 'greenwashing' according to new research.

Microsoft moves from smart to smarter buildings

Darrell Smith's focus throughout his career has been finding ways for companies around the world to get smart - smart about managing their buildings that is.

Microsoft: Innovation in energy consistent with IT industry's personality

IT companies cannot "sit on the side-lines and be a laggard" when it comes to tackling energy supply issues, particularly those associated with data centres, says Microsoft's Rob Bernard.

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