To become Carbon Negative means to catch more carbon from the atmosphere than you release. Microsoft plans to accomplish carbon negativity by 2030 whilst fully absorbing all the carbon it has ever released by 2050. This zealous plan was recently unveiled last week (January 16th 2020) along with a $1 billion Climate Fund to accelerate the technology behind carbon capture and reduction:
”We are also launching an initiative to use Microsoft technology to help our suppliers and customers around the world reduce their own carbon footprints and a new $1 billion climate innovation fund to accelerate the global development of carbon reduction, capture, and removal technologies.”
The company explains that their commitment and mission is rooted in simple match and science explained in the video below, outlining their detailed plan of reducing their direct emissions (scope 1), their indirect emissions (scope 2), and their indirect emissions that come from all the other activities in which you’re engaged, including the emissions associated with producing the food you eat, or manufacturing the products that you buy (scope 3).
Want to know more details? Read Microsoft’s blog post where it maps out their entire plan year by year here.