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Microsoft Named As Tech Partner For UN Climate Change Conference 2021

Sun Jun 27 2021

Microsoft have been named as a COP26 Principal Partner due to a ‘clear commitment to carbon neutrality

Microsoft continue to be recognised for their commitment to stopping, or even reversing, climate change, and have been named as a Principal Partner to COP26, the UN’s Climate Change Conference which will be held in Glasgow, this coming November.  

They’re one of only two tech companies to have made the list, the other partners being:

 

·       SSE

·       Scottish Power

·       NatWest Group

·       National Grid, Sky

·       Sainsbury's

·       Hitachi

·       Reckitt

·       GSK

 

COP Principal Partners have all been chosen for showing a clear commitment to fighting climate change and moving to corporate policies of net zero or net neutral carbon emissions by certain dates.

 

As part of their commitment to be net carbon neutral by 2030, and as part of their signing the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact, Microsoft began trialling and underwater data centre in Orkney, Scotland, two years ago with the goal of a data centre that could disperse heat a lot more effectively and require less power than their above sea/on land counterparts.

Project Natick, as it’s known, has shown incredibly promising results so far, with Microsoft also reporting an added (and unlooked for) bonus of lower server failure rates than their land-based facilities.

They admit that scaling their proof of concept will require more work, but it’s work they’re committed too, with project lead Ben Cutler quoted as saying, “we're past the point where this is a science experiment."

 

Project Natick runs on fully renewable energy sources, but Microsoft’s green credentials don’t stop there. They’ve also been testing other alternative energy sources such as hydrogen fuel cells.

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I am delighted to welcome Microsoft as a Principal Partner of COP26. Tackling climate change is one of the greatest and most urgent challenges we face, and companies like Microsoft are helping to create the technology the world needs to reduce our own impact on the environment. Businesses have a key role to play in helping us ensure COP26 is a success and I look forward to working with Microsoft as we continue our work ahead of the summit in November.

Alok Sharma - COP26 President-Designate

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