Microsoft Introduces Microsoft Cloud to Help Organisations Accelerate Sustainability Progress

Published on: 17 October 2022
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Microsoft created Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability to help other companies speed up their efforts to be more sustainable and reduce their impact on the environment. With help from Microsoft partners, they keep adding ESG features and putting out updates for the platform that can grow.

The goal is to make it easier for businesses and organisations all over the world to track and reduce the environmental impact of their operations and value chains by putting all of their sustainability data in one place and making it easier to track. 

Organisations can use Microsoft Sustainability Manager to store and report on emissions data from Scopes 1 and 2, as well as the more difficult-to-manage Scope 3 indirect value chain emissions, which make up a disproportionate amount of most organisations' footprints.

With this update, Microsoft makes it possible for organisations to take in data about waste, keep track of waste partners, keep track of disposal methods and materials, and make the necessary calculations based on models that have been customised.

Customers can also measure any fuel-or power-related emissions that occur within their operations from a leased facility or asset, compute the emissions based on activity and reporting requirements, and set and track future efficiency and reduction goals.

Microsoft Sustainability Manager has features such as usability, security, and goal monitoring. New features make it easier to handle errors by giving better error messages and making it easier to assign user roles and manage access. Through a new deep analysis page, users may analyse and understand emissions by comparing monthly performance year over year and delving into emissions sources and activities by organisational unit up to six layers deep.

Microsoft has updated the data model to make it possible to add custom entities with unique attributes, such as emissions that leaked from a lab or emissions caused by modernising an electric fleet. This lets customers customise calculations to meet the needs of their businesses.

Voluntary environmental markets, like carbon markets, are struggling to grow and mature to meet the growing demand for reliable and traceable environmental products like carbon credits, which organisations need on their way to net zero.

With Environmental Credit Service, Microsoft overcame these challenges with a common infrastructure to help optimise the supply ecosystem. The service will help reduce the time it takes to get credits on the market and improve the quality and number of credits by automating, simplifying, and securing the lifecycle processes that ecological project owners, verifiers, and registries use. This will give people who buy credits more confidence and keep the market moving forward. 

Shefy MAnayil Kareem, General Manager, Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability, said: 

"With integrated capabilities from Microsoft and our partners, we help organisations get the transparency and insights they need to manage their environmental footprint, build sustainability into their organisation and value chain, and make strategic business investments that drive value."

Source: DataCenter News

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