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Microsoft Promises To Move To Zero Waste By 2030

Microsoft Promises To Move To Zero Waste By 2030

Microsoft Corporation has announced that it intends to reduce the level of waste from its operations to zero and eliminate the use of non-recyclable plastic over the next decade.

To do this, the company will stop using non-recyclable plastic in product packaging by 2025. Every year, the world produces 300 million tons of plastic, about a quarter of this figure - packaging made of such plastic, the Corporation noted.

Microsoft plans to repurpose and recycle servers and related hardware in specialized Microsoft Circular Centers. Thanks to them, server reworkability should increase to 90% by 2025. Such a center is currently being tested in Amsterdam. The average service life of servers is only five years, which is why they make up a significant part of electronic waste, the Corporation recalled.

Microsoft promises to share the experience of moving to zero waste. Last year, in partnership with H&M, Target, and other companies, Microsoft developed the global Circular ID standard, created to promote the concept of ethical fashion. The "cloud" platform allows you to track clothing items throughout the lifecycle, storing all the necessary information about each stage, in particular, about resale or recycling.

Every year, more than 11 billion tons of waste are produced worldwide according to the United Nations Environment Programme. A byproduct of our daily lives and every sector of the world’s economies, the trash we discard pollutes our land, clogs our waterways, depletes our natural resources and contaminates the very air we breathe. We recognize the urgent need to protect the world’s ecosystems and reduce the carbon emissions that come from the creation, distribution and disposal of waste. That’s why we’re announcing today our goal to achieve zero waste for Microsoft’s direct operations, products and packaging by 2030.

the report says.

Microsoft is also investing $30 million in funds from Closed Loop Partners, one of the leading investors in a closed-loop economy focused on resource recovery, waste reduction, and recycling.

In January 2020, Microsoft announced that it intended to achieve negative carbon emissions by 2030, and by 2050 to completely eliminate the effects of emissions for all time since the company was founded in 1975. In addition, the company is investing $1 billion in the climate innovation Fund.

In July, Microsoft created the Transform to Net Zero coalition with Mercedes-Benz, Nike, Starbucks, Unilever, Danone, A. P. Moeller-Maersk, Natura & Co., and Wipro. The goal of the coalition is to help businesses around the world transition to zero harmful emissions.