Microsoft announced five new initiatives to accelerate the achievement of its 2030 target for negative carbon emissions.

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced a major environmental goal of achieving negative carbon emissions by 2030. At today’s Inspire 2020 conference, the tech giant announced five new sustainability initiatives to accelerate progress towards this goal. The first is to lead a new alliance called Transform to Net Zero, which aims to share information about the business transformation that helps reduce carbon emissions.

Microsoft announced five new initiatives to accelerate the achievement of its 2030 target for negative carbon emissions.

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The alliance’s partners will also seek to invest in carbon reduction technologies and provide cloud customers with a novel “sustainability calculator” to learn more about the 1st, 2st and 3rd levels of carbon emissions.

Microsoft also announced that its data center will be diesel-free by the beginning of the new decade, reducing phase 1 carbon emissions.

It is worth noting that the technology giant has also partnered with power retailer Vattenfall to develop an advanced, sustainable data centre in Sweden.

The Climate Innovation Fund, which was established in January, will also make its first investment in climate solutions.

Finally, Microsoft shared a new “supplier code of sustainability requirements” with vendors. Suppliers must report their emissions in the 1st, 2st and 3rd levels in order to work with Microsoft to achieve established carbon reduction targets.