Microsoft, Apple and Google Sign Climate Pledge
The company joins Apple, Google and 10 other large U.S. companies in a White House initiative to cut carbon emissions.Microsoft is joining some of the biggest names in technology and American industry to lower the environmental impact of their operations. The Redmond, Wash., tech titan joined 12 other large companies to sign the White House's American Business Act on Climate Pledge yesterday. "As innovations continue to advance around resource efficiency and clean energy, information technology can play an important role in empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more," said Rob Bernard, general manager of Cities and Sustainability at Microsoft, in a July 27 blog post. "Microsoft understands and embraces this opportunity to help people and organizations around the world solve environmental and energy challenges. We seek to advance sustainability through the products we offer customers and partners, and through our own actions and practices and partnerships," continued Bernard. Participating companies are expected to voice their support for a strong outcome at the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP 21) climate change event in Paris later this year. They will also embrace sustainable practices and increase their clean investments.
"All told, today's announcements total at least $140 billion in new low-carbon investment and more than 1,600 megawatts of new renewable energy, in addition to ambitious, company-specific goals to cut emissions as much as 50 percent, reduce water intensity as much as 15 percent, purchase 100 percent renewable energy, and pursue zero net deforestation in supply chains," said the White House in a July 27 press statement.