Microsoft Reimagine climate action

Earth Day 2024

As we observe Earth Day 2024, we know that protecting the planet is critical, and we are committed to creating a more sustainable future. For Microsoft, sustainability isn’t just an ambition — it’s part of our culture. As an organization, we have set 2030 as a goal to be carbon and water negative as well as zero waste. A more sustainable future is a top-of-mind goal, and we want to help every organization on the planet to do the same. Our partners are building innovative Microsoft cloud applications, solutions, services and devices to help customers transform their operations, products, services and supply chains, to facilitate their transition to net zero, and achieve their sustainability goals.

Learn more about the important work Microsoft and our partners are doing to bring our sustainability goals to life by exploring the content and solutions on this page.

Reimagine climate action

Every day people are using AI to think bigger, move faster, and take action to collectively solve our planet’s greatest challenges. And what was once difficult to imagine achieving in our lifetime is now becoming a reality. Join us in reimagining what technology can help us do for the planet at

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Reducing the environmental impact of Windows devices

We live in a world where technology is constantly evolving and improving our lives, and at the same time we need to be thoughtful and disciplined about minimizing the required resources and waste generated from these products. How can we balance the benefits of innovation with the environmental impact of our products? This fundamental question is at the forefront of sustainability, which aims to create and use products and services that meet our needs without compromising the future of the planet and its people.

As part of commemorating Earth Day, the Windows Sustainability Team is sharing details about features that can improve your device’s battery life and energy efficiency, while also helping reduce your device’s carbon footprint.

Read the full blog to learn more about Windows 11 sustainability features.
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Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher program

The Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher program is a partnership tailored to meet the needs of largest device refurbishers in the world. Microsoft enables them to professionally refurbish Windows devices and preinstall genuine Microsoft software, ensuring a great customer experience. These devices are then sold to businesses, consumers, schools and non-profits. Our MAR partners and 3rd Party Refurbishers (TPRs) process millions of PCs per year in addition to all types of consumer end-of-life electronics that are being recycled. All Partners are committed to the environment, many also have Philanthropy programs to support non-profit organizations, schools, student and low-income families.

In the last year alone, the MAR program enabled tremendous positive environmental impact by refurbishing 3.3 million devices globally.

Learn more about the impact of the MAR program.
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Sustainability impact in the Financial Services Industry

Microsoft Industry Blog -
AI for social impact: 3 ways financial services can influence global challenges

Microsoft and partners are using the power of AI to help solve some of the world’s most challenging social problems.

EY collaborates with Microsoft to launch climate stress testing solution to support financial institutions.
Learn more about EY’s solution and how it aims to help safeguard Canada's financial sector against the impacts of climate change.

Microsoft’s feature article in the Technology Record -
Banking on Sustainability: how technology by Microsoft and its partner ecosystem is enabling a more responsible financial services industry
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Sustainability impact in the Energy & Resources Industry

Amperon collaborates with Microsoft to Accelerate AI Adoption for Power & Utilities Companies

Context Labs: Enabling Transparency and Trust with Asset Grade Climate Data Sources

EDP Renewables North America and Volt Energy Utility: Solar Project with Microsoft Focused on Environmental Justice & Resiliency Building

Itron: Integrating Microsoft Azure OpenAI Service to Empower Utility Decision-Making

Schneider Electric: Fast-tracking innovation with Azure OpenAI Service

AVEVA: driving digital transformation and sustainability for industrial customers

Duke Energy: develops pioneering methane-emissions monitoring platform on Microsoft Azure with Accenture and Avanade

DER Management and Communication Platform from PXiSE Energy Solutions

Houston MTC Energy Transition Center of Excellence

Experience a new energy future through immersive, interactive exhibits at the Energy Transition Center of Excellence in the Houston Microsoft Technology Center. Working together with our partners and customers we are tackling the most complex energy challenges with technology innovation to build a more secure, equitable and sustainable future.