Over the coming years, the demand for data and digital services is expected to continue its exponential growth. The Microsoft Cloud is regarded by industry analysts as a trusted cloud for everyday digital experiences at home and work - from critical applications for safety and life services, advancing scientific research to educational institutions and governments surrounding the world’s most pressing challenges – like climate change.
Customers across the globe have been leveraging benefits from the ability of Microsoft Cloud to offer massive efficiency reducing the collective carbon footprint required to support the computing needs of our world. Microsoft has a commitment to carbon negative by 2030. It also has the commitment to remove all the carbon the company has emitted, either directly or by electrical consumption, by 2050. In its quest to these commitments, Microsoft has devoted resources to identify innovative and creative solutions to today's complex datacenter operational and engineering challenges to meet its ambitious sustainability targets.
Recently, Microsoft announced a new approach to minimise the amount of water used in its evaporative cooled datacenters globally by an estimated 5.7 billion liters annually or 95 percent by 2024. In 2021, Microsoft became the first cloud provider to run two-phase liquid immersion cooling in a production environment and thus demonstrated the viability for broader use in its datacenters. Furthermore, Microsoft has been benchmarking the ecosystem performance in 12 datacenter regions, to be completed by end of every calendar year that will quantify ecosystem performance in terms of water quantity and quality, air, carbon, climate, soil quality, health, well-being, and biodiversity.
According to the latest data from the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, embodied carbon accounts for at least 11 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Microsoft is using a tool known as Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) developed by the nonprofit Building Transparency to reduce embodied carbon in the design and construction of 50 and 100 new data centers every year. The EC3 tool offers opportunities to reduce concrete and steel embodied carbon by 30-60 percent.