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How Microsoft is Making Sustainability Commercially Relevant

Date: 22 May 2015

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Executive Summary

Since 2012, Microsoft has successfully achieved carbon neutral status and reduced over 7.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. This translates to more than $10 million in annual savings through the implementation of a global internal carbon fee, IT-enabled energy efficiency improvements and employee engagement by using real-time energy data as a performance indicator. In October 2014, Microsoft’s sustainability team merged with the CityNext solutions team to target the development of modern sustainable cities. To align its sustainability investments with commercial growth, Microsoft aims to mobilize an ecosystem of third party developers to create software applications on top of Microsoft technologies that tackle energy and sustainability challenges, ensure each business unit has a sustainability lead, and showcase internal test bed and client successes to demonstrate value.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

HOW MICROSOFT IS MAKING SUSTAINABILITY COMMERCIALLY RELEVANT

Microsoft Rolls Out Proven Technologies And Policies to Drive Sustainability Achievements
Microsoft Merges Sustainability Team With CityNext to Target Commercial Growth
CityNext Will Leverage Microsoft’s Track Record to Build Modern Sustainable Cities
Microsoft Shows the Way on Aligning Sustainability Investments With Revenue Growth Opportunities

ORGANISATIONS MENTIONED

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Autolib’, BP, CarbonSystems, Envizi, Facebook, General Electric, Google, ICONICS, IER Group, IKEA, IssyGrid, Microsoft, Ogilvy, OSIsoft, Paladino, Schneider Electric, Singaporean Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Unilever, United Nations Environment Programme, Weber Shandwick