Microsoft has pledged to make all its direct operations carbon neutral from July 1st, marking the start of its 2013 fiscal year. The company plans to charge an internal “carbon fee” for emissions incurred by air travel, data centers, and other parts of the business, and will aim to reduce its carbon output through efficiency measures such as making air travel a “last resort.” To cover the environmental cost of emissions that aren’t able to be cut, the company will purchase carbon offsets and make investments in renewable energy.
Microsoft acknowledges that recent expansions into cloud computing have brought on greater CO2 output due to the high level of electricity required. Greenpeace, which has been campaigning for a “clean cloud,”…
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