Cross posted from the Software Enabled Earth blog
Today IDG’s Computerworld named Microsoft as one of the top green IT organization as part of its annual Top Green-IT Organizations feature. Of the seventy organizations that participated in the ranking, Microsoft was ranked fourth. We’re very pleased to rank among other leading organization committed to environmental sustainability and green IT practices.
Computerworld’s criteria for top green IT companies looks at how organizations are reducing energy consumption in IT equipment and how they’re using technology to conserve energy and lower carbon emissions. Other factors, such as corporate practices including recycling programs and telecommuting, are considered as well.
Microsoft has a current goal to reduce carbon emissions by 30% per unit of revenue by 2012 based on 2007 levels. Our current carbon reduction efforts are focused on three primary areas: facilities, travel and data centers. Some of our recent successes include:
In addition, our cloud computing services enable other companies to take advantage of Microsoft’s ultra-efficient data centers. In a recent study we conducted on the environmental impact of moving Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM to the cloud revealed that customers who choose to run these applications in Microsoft’s cloud versus on-premises can reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions on a per-user basis by at least 30 percent versus running those same applications on-premise. The benefits are even more impressive for smaller businesses who have the potential to realize energy and carbon savings of more than 90 percent.
We are certainly proud of the work we’ve accomplished and the progress we’re seeing at our company. We are flattered that Computerworld named Microsoft as one of the top green IT organizations, but we acknowledge our critics too. Do we have more work to do? Absolutely. We see the opportunity to improve in a variety of areas and remain committed to doing so. We plan to continue making the right investments to ensure that Microsoft remains an industry leader in green IT.