Microsoft’s New Environmental Pledge: Give More Water Than It Takes



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Microsoft wants to give back more water than it consumes by 2030.

Microsoft intends to be “water positive” for direct operations by reducing the amount of water it uses each year and replenishing supplies in water-stressed basins.

“Our replenishment strategy will include investments in projects such as wetland restoration and the removal of impervious surfaces like asphalt, which will help replenish water back into the basins that need it most,” said Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, in a blog post. “We will focus our replenishment efforts on roughly 40 highly stressed basins where we have operations.”

Microsoft is also partnering with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to bring clean drinking and sanitation water to more than 1.5 million people in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, China, Malaysia, and South Africa.

Microsoft’s Climate Innovation Fund will also put millions of dollars into early-stage companies innovating in the field of water technology.

“It will focus on pressing challenges, including conserving water resources, improving water efficiency and quality, avoiding carbon emissions in water treatment, and adapting to climate change,” said Smith. “This fund is one of the few funds solely focused on water strategy.”

The news comes after Apple announced new wind turbine investments and Google revealed plans to run on carbon-free energy by 2030.

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