Microsoft ‘s Chief executive ‘Satya Nadella’ has pledged to remove “all of the carbon” from the environment that it has emitted since the company was founded in 1975.
He aims to achieve the goal by 2050.
How will the company do it?
1-The company aims to become “carbon negative” by 2030( removing more carbon from the environment than it emits.)
2- By seeding new forests and expanding existing ones.
3- Soil carbon sequestration – A process of putting carbon back into the ground. This could be achieved by adding microbes and nutrients to parched earth, which should have the added benefits of making the soil more fertile and less susceptible to erosion.
4- Direct air capture – By sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, possibly by using large fans to move air through a filter that can remove the gas, it can capture Carbon directly.
Has any rival come up with a similar pledge?
Many companies came up with similar pledge to carbon free the environment, however Microsoft’s pledge seems to be more rigid and tough, but also more appreciable and welcoming by environmentalists. The pledge is welcomed by many, as it not just looks into it’s own role in the environment but also a bigger picture and concern for the environment.
Following were the pledges taken by companies earlier:
Software-maker Intuit pledged to be carbon negative by 2030.
The Californian company said to reduce emissions by 50 times more than its 2018 carbon footprint.
Amazon announced to be carbon neutral by 2040. It’s pledge included plans to buy 100,000 electric vehicles for the online retailer’s delivery fleet.
Google has launched a set of digital tools to allow cities to track and reduce emissions. The search giant also offsets its own emissions by investing in green projects.