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Le géant informatique lance un nouveau fonds pour l’innovation et la préservation du climat. D’ici à 2030, l’entreprise américaine entend réduire de plus de moitié son impact environnemental et compte aller plus loin que la neutralité carbone.

Mille milliards de dollars de capitalisation boursière et un gros chèque pour la planète. A la tête de la deuxième entreprise la plus riche du monde sur les marchés financiers derrière Apple, Satya Nadella a décidé que Microsoft allait investir 1 milliard de dollars en quatre ans dans un nouveau fonds pour l’innovation et la préservation du climat.

« Pour résoudre cette crise, nous aurons besoin de nouvelles technologies », a précisé ce jeudi le PDG de l’entreprise aux 125 milliards de dollars de recettes annuelles. Microsoft reconnait qu’elle n’apporte qu’une fraction des investissements nécessaires mais espère qu’elle incitera davantage de gouvernements et d’entreprises à investir…

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Microsoft Israel R&D general manager Assaf Rappaport

Microsoft Israel R&D general manager Assaf Rappaport

NDLR : Microsoft a une très forte présence en Israël. En 2019, Microsoft avait annoncé qu’Israël est parmi les 31 pays qui participent au projet Edge node de Microsoft. Ce réseau de fibre optique est le deuxième plus long au monde, juste après celui du département américain de la Défense. Ce réseau privé à haute vitesse connecte plusieurs régions dans le monde. En 2015, Microsoft avait racheté la société israélienne Adallom de cyber-sécurité pour 320M$.

Communiqué de Microsoft :

Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced an ambitious goal and a new plan to reduce and ultimately remove its carbon footprint. By 2030 Microsoft will be carbon negative, and by 2050 Microsoft will remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975.

At an event at its Redmond campus, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, President Brad Smith, Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood, and Chief Environmental Officer Lucas Joppa announced the company’s new goals and a detailed plan to become carbon negative.

“While the world will need to reach net zero, those of us who can afford to move faster and go further should do so. That’s why today we are announcing an ambitious goal and a new plan to reduce and ultimately remove Microsoft’s carbon footprint,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith. “By 2030 Microsoft will be carbon negative, and by 2050 Microsoft will remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975.”

The Official Microsoft Blog has more information about the company’s bold goal and detailed plan to remove its carbon footprint: https://blogs.microsoft.com/?p=52558785

The company announced an aggressive program to cut carbon emissions by more than half by 2030, both for our direct emissions and for our entire supply and value chain. This includes driving down our own direct emissions and emissions related to the energy we use to near zero by the middle of this decade. It also announced a new initiative to use Microsoft technology to help our suppliers and customers around the world reduce their own carbon footprints and a new $1 billion climate innovation fund to accelerate the global development of carbon reduction, capture and removal technologies. Beginning next year, the company will also make carbon reduction an explicit aspect of our procurement processes for our supply chain. A new annual Environmental Sustainability Report will detail Microsoft’s carbon impact and reduction journey. And lastly, the company will use its voice and advocacy to support public policy that will accelerate carbon reduction and removal opportunities.

Microsoft microsite: https://news.microsoft.com/climate

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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