Microsoft wants to be ‘CO2 negative’ in 2030 and remove more CO2 from the environment than it emits
Microsoft plans to be ‘CO2 negative’ by 2030 and says it will remove more CO2 from the environment than it emits
- Microsoft says it will extract more CO2 from the environment than it emits
- It will invest $ 1 billion in carbon capture technology over the next four years
- The company strives to become ‘CO2 negative’ by 2030
- It also aims to use fully renewable energy by 2025
Microsoft says that its commitment to be CO2 neutral goes one step further.
In a Thursday announcement, the technology giant says it strives to be “carbon negative,” meaning it will try to remove more CO2 from the atmosphere than it emits using a mixture of renewable energy and carbon purification technology that extracts exhaust smoke. atmosphere.
Although carbon capture technology exists, Microsoft has recognized that it is not quite efficient enough to remove CO2 from the environment in a sustainable way.
Microsoft and its founder, Bill Gates (pictured above) want to strengthen their commitment to be CO2 neutral by actually removing CO2 from the atmosphere (stock image)
To help improve that goal, Microsoft said it will also invest another $ 1 billion over the next four years in improving performance and reducing costs.
“The world’s climate experts agree that the world needs to take urgent action to reduce emissions. Ultimately, we must achieve “net zero” emissions, which means that humanity must remove as much carbon as it emits every year, “Microsoft wrote in an announcement.
‘This requires an aggressive approach, new technology that does not exist today and innovative public policy. It is an ambitious – even risky – goal, but science tells us that it is a fundamental goal for everyone who lives today and for every generation that follows. “
Microsoft, which has been CO2 neutral since 2012, said it will also shift its resources to focus on renewable fuel and has set itself the goal of relying entirely on renewable energy by 2025.
By 2050, Microsoft hopes to stop carbon emissions.
To help fund its initiative, Microsoft will continue to impose fees on its business units that depend on the amount of greenhouse gas they emit.
This will not only fund Microsoft’s internal shift to CO2 negative, but will also encourage others to follow this example, the company said.
Carbon capture technology has missed the sophistication and price to have a substantial impact on the environment. That is why Microsoft will spend $ 1 billion to improve it
Although commendable for a Microsoft-sized company – according to The Verge it produces no less than 16 million tons of CO2 every year – critics of carbon capture technology have pointed out that it may only increase dependence on fossil fuels.
Instead of switching to renewable and greener forms of energy, skeptics say that carbon capture can only promote the status quo.
There is also the problem of storage – in other words, what to do with the carbon after it has been recovered.
As noted by The Verge, Microsoft will have to draw up a plan of exactly where and how the CO2 should be stored in order to have a real, substantive effect on climate change and the future of our environment.