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Microsoft’s wind PPA and Brussel Airport’s net-zero plan: The sustainability success stories of the week

…this week. ENERGY: Microsoft signs agreement to boost wind energy capacity in Ireland Microsoft has announced a long-term corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) with SSE Renewables and FuturEnergy Ireland, adding…

Microsoft launches Minecraft worlds to teach UK students about renewable energy

…is aimed at Key Stage 2 students (typically those aged seven to 11). Microsoft UK and the Crown Estate hope the worlds will be an effective environmental education platform, given…

Microsoft bets on BECCS in bid for carbon negativity

…Exergi is touting the carbon removals it will provide as being “permanent”. It intends to store the removed carbon deep underground in the Nordic region. In a statement, Microsoft’s senior…

Google and Microsoft named as founders of new European hub to decarbonise data centres

…replace traditional electric-powered air conditioning and transitional gas-based refrigeration. More recently, Microsoft confirmed that its largest trial yet of hydrogen fuel cells as an alternative to diesel for backup generators,…

‘Highest in a decade’: Solar sector witnesses unprecedented corporate funding

…an extensive eight-year agreement, Microsoft has entered into a partnership with Qcells, the largest solar manufacturer in the US. The collaboration aims to provide Microsoft with a sufficient quantity of…

Meta and Google among co-founders of new nature-based carbon removals coalition

…conservation and restoration in the USA and Chile. Further corporate buyers of carbon credits, nature-based project developers and investors are being encouraged to express their interest in joining. Microsoft’s chief…

LEGO Group signs long-term deal for Climeworks’ direct air capture carbon removal technology

…carbon capture in the 2030s, rising to more than a gigaton capacity by 2050. Microsoft first announced an intention to source carbon removal solutions from Climeworks in January 2021, a…

Tech giants ask data centre suppliers for emissions data as AI pushes Scope 3 spike

The iMasons Climate Accord (ICA) Governing Body, composed of major industry players including AWS, Digital Realty, Google, Meta, Microsoft and Schneider Electric, has released an open letter today (16 July)….

Amazon launches seller sustainability hub and makes first direct air capture investments

…links of Microsoft, Ocado, Swiss RE, Audi, LGT and Stripe are supporting Climeworks’ ambition to deliver multiple DAC plants in Europe. Microsoft is also an early corporate backer of enhanced…

edie Awards 2024: Shortlist of finalists unveiled

…Environmental Assets Group – JLEN Sustainability & ESG Report 2023 Kingfisher – Better Homes for Everyone Luminous & Severn Trent – Performance driven, sustainability led reporting Microsoft and Radley Yeldar…

British Airways and Standard Chartered back carbon removals finance pilot

…of Microsoft, Meta, Shopify, Stripe and Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc. But the four firms involved in the new pilot argue that carbon removal suppliers are still relying on bespoke…

Supply chain sustainability network launched with support of 40+ organisations

Organisations as diverse as PwC, Microsoft, the British Standards Institute (BSI), Youth4Planet and the University of Exeter are among the initial participants in ‘The Constellation’. Participants will work collaboratively to…

Big businesses accused of undermining net-zero commitments with excessive air travel

…laggards, with the likes of Meta, Cisco, Apple, IBM and Microsoft having no business emissions goals. The same is true of the entertainment industry, with T&E naming brands such as…

Global climate briefing: Sunak snubs UN meetings as California moves to mandate corporate climate disclosures

…from Apple this week – the tech giant, along with a handful of other corporations including Microsoft and Patagonia, offered its support to a new package of legislation in California,…

UK Government to keep homes warm using waste heat from data centres

…including the likes of Facebook and Microsoft. Energy Security Secretary Claire Coutinho said: “Innovative projects, like these announced today, are another example of why the UK is a world leader…

From the Net-Zero Review to growing greenwashing fears: The top sustainability stories of 2023 (part one)

…solar generation capacity to 70GW by 2035. March also marked the edie Awards 2023 announcements. At a glittering ceremony in London, Mitie, Microsoft and Capgemini were among the winners. A…

COP29: Azerbaijan adds 12 women to summit committee following pressure from sustainability leaders

…CSO Jate Brandt and Microsoft CSO Melanie Nakagawa. Now, Aliyev has announced changes to the committee, adding one further man and 12 women to its membership. Azerbaijan’s deputy minister for…

UK cautioned against betting big on BECCS as Drax faces fresh deforestation accusations

…crushed versions of these rocks on land. It is a method backed by businesses including tech giant Microsoft and venue operator AEG. Electrochemical ocean carbon removal, meanwhile, boosts ocean alkalinity…

Hundreds of businesses drop net-zero commitments due to Scope 3 challenges

…January 2023. Prominent brands including Diageo, Microsoft, Unilever, Marks & Spencer and Proctor & Gamble had their commitments removed from the SBTi dashboard. Industry insights The SBTi conducted a survey…

EV chargers and ethical pensions: What green perks should businesses offer to staff?

…One 2023 study, supported by Microsoft and Cornell University, found that those who worked exclusively remotely generated 54% less emission than colleagues who travelled to an office every day. The…