Microsoft on Thursday unveiled a sweeping, 30-year plan to remove from the atmosphere all the carbon it has ever emitted, effectively eliminating its global carbon footprint. The plan appears likely to raise the stakes for other big tech companies that haven’t set goals anywhere near as ambitious.
By 2025, Microsoft says, it will shift to using only renewable energy to power its facilities around the world. By 2030, Microsoft intends to be carbon negative, meaning that it will remove more carbon than it emits, Microsoft president Brad Smith said in a blog post outlining the strategy. None of the other big tech companies has set a target for becoming carbon negative. (See the above chart.)