“As a global company, the changes we make in how we operate our business and the goals we set have a worldwide impact,” Smith said.
In the meantime, a Microsoft spokesperson said via email that the company has a benchmark of being carbon neutral every year. “We’re also on track to meet our 50 percent renewable energy commitment by 2018 and will keep improving from there,” the spokesperson said. In addition, in early November, Microsoft announced all its owned data centers will reach a LEED Gold certification for sustainability.
Smith also said that through continued use of renewable energy and energy efficiency, Microsoft will be able to help meet the goals set by the Paris climate agreement, and “help avoid more than 10 million metric tons of carbon emissions by 2030.”
Update, 10:43 a.m. PT: Adds comment from Microsoft