Almost every industry around the world is under threat from the impact of climate change, and climate experts are urging businesses to increase sustainability initiative efforts. Making these changes to how businesses operate in the short and long term takes significant effort. It requires dedicated focus to measure the overall impact an organisation has on the environment and reduce carbon emissions.
In Britain, more than half of the FTSE100 companies are committed to eliminating their contribution to carbon emissions by 2050. Microsoft announced it has gone one step further and by 2030, the company aims to become carbon negative and will have eliminated the carbon it has emitted since its founding in 1975.
Just as importantly, Microsoft is also committed to supporting its customers in achieving their sustainability aims with its dedication to corporate sustainability and environmental responsibility. With Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability, your company can succeed and contribute to global sustainability efforts.
What is the aim of Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability?
Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability offers a range of tools that enable businesses to reduce their carbon footprints, conserve natural resources, and optimise their supply chains. The solution offers a comprehensive set of capabilities that can be used to assess the environmental impact of products, materials, and suppliers, and make changes where necessary. It also offers best-practice advice on topics such as reducing energy usage, recycling, and other ways to reduce the company’s carbon footprint, while improving efficiency, productivity, and revenue.
Data intelligence unified
The Microsoft Sustainability Manager tool provides a single location to unify data and find all of the information required to evaluate a company’s environmental impact. Because sustainability programs are becoming more complex, companies must keep track of and report on numerous variables; therefore, having access to pertinent sustainability data is critical.
Sustainability efforts can be enhanced through the service by connecting with other users. It can be invaluable to share best practices, identify new opportunities, and build partnerships, all of which are connected. Connections can significantly reduce the costs and frustrations involved in achieving sustainability goals.
Data can be used to benchmark a company’s performance against its own goals or to identify places where it may not comply with requirements. Data can be obtained through internal record keeping or from third-party sources. Data used for environmental impact tracking can be obtained from equipment sensors or satellite data, for example. Data for compliance purposes may be obtained from government agencies and regulators.
Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability and your business
Many business owners want to focus on sustainability initiatives, but they are worried about how this transformation will impact productivity and profitability:
Enhanced efficiency: Businesses can use this service to access data and resources to improve environmental performance, freeing up time and resources to focus on future energy efficiency, replacement tools and systems, and sustainable development in general.
Supportive supply chains: Businesses can identify the most environmentally conscious suppliers through data analysis, by measuring the amount of carbon emissions generated during production. Increased transparency and accountability throughout the design, manufacturing, and distribution stages of your organisation can offer actionable insights and monitor sustainability progress.
Greater employee retention: Employees who are committed to environmentally conscious choices are taking over the workforce more than ever. Businesses that support sustainability initiatives may have an easier time attracting committed employees who are eager to express themselves through their work.
Improved sustainability: When organisations migrate to the cloud, they reduce their demand for physical products such as printers, paper, and energy resources. Cloud services enable more adaptable working environments, which reduces commuting and physical office space requirements and consequently contributes to reducing a company’s carbon footprint.
Boosted marketing: Customers are increasingly seeking eco-friendly companies to support, and they will favour those firms that appear to be striving for environmental sustainability, even if it means paying more for environmentally friendly products.
Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability with the experts
Businesses that are serious about their sustainability efforts in the future will benefit from Microsoft’s new solution. Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability is limited to existing Microsoft cloud users, so it might be time for your organisation to make the shift. INTELLIWORX cloud specialists can assist you with a seamless cloud migration so you can leverage the best of Microsoft’s new solution for sustainability.