Microsoft is launching the next industry cloud

With the Cloud for Sustainability, Microsoft wants to provide customers and partners with a digital tool for analyzing CO2 emissions. The tech giant is also working to make its data centers more climate-friendly.

Microsoft is in the process of setting up a number of different industry clouds for its customers – for example for the health sector, the financial world or the manufacturing industry. Microsoft President Brad Smith presented the Cloud for Sustainability at the “What’s Next for Sustainability” event. According to its own information, the tech group wants to give its customers a digital tool to better understand their own CO2 footprint. “You can use it to collect and analyze data across your entire value chain, identify potential for CO2 savings – and convert your findings into improvements,” says a communiqué. The Cloud for Sustainability is now available as a public preview.

In addition to the new industry cloud, Microsoft also presented several sustainability initiatives. On the one hand, the company presented a plan for how the group intends to reduce water consumption in its data centers with evaporative cooling by 95 percent by 2021. In this context, the company also showed how overclocking processors in data centers with liquid cooling leads to more powerful and more sustainable chips that have a longer lifespan, can work at warmer water temperatures and require even less cooling water.

As the Redmond-based company also reported, on the other hand, research was advanced on how data centers with more intelligent design can be better adapted to ecosystems. “This gives us a better understanding of how data centers affect the direct environment and how the surrounding ecosystems can be revitalized.” In addition, the use of new, low-carbon materials for the construction of data centers will be tested.

Finally, those responsible at Microsoft also spoke at the event about the report of the Carbon Disclosure Project for 2020. According to this, the most important suppliers of the tech group were able to reduce their joint CO2 footprint by 21 million tons of CO2 equivalent. This plays into Microsoft’s efforts to reduce Scope 3 emissions – those that are indirectly caused by the company’s activities. According to the company, the number of suppliers was increased in the fiscal year 2021 and the cooperation intensified in order to achieve the targets for reducing emissions.

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