Yesterday, Microsoft announced a significant step to reduce our environmental footprint by committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2012.  As the team that operates our cloud infrastructure, Global Foundation Services (GFS) will be instrumental in achieving this goal.

First, our continued effort to improve efficiency in our data center operations, using such measures as Power Utilization Effectiveness (PUE), and Carbon Utilization Effectiveness (CUE), will help reduce our overall carbon footprint.  Second, our detailed measurement and chargeback model allocates expense to business workloads based on energy consumption, establishing the right incentive to design for efficiency.  We are proud to be taking these steps and driving accountability for reducing our environmental impact across all of our business units.

We believe climate change is a serious challenge requiring a comprehensive and global response from all sectors of society. For more information on our carbon neutral strategy, read our whitepaper, “Becoming Carbon Neutral: How Microsoft is Becoming Lean, Green, and Accountable.” You can also read more about this and our other environmental efforts on Microsoft’s blog Software Enabled Earth.
 

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