Why Microsoft must limit its flight numbers to 2020 levels forever - for the climate and its employees. Not a Microsoft site.
“If we don’t curb emissions, and temperatures continue to climb, science tells us that the results will be catastrophic.”
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What are other companies doing?
Salesforce introduced new flight emissions reduction targets in April, admitting offsets are not enough. Lloyds bank in the UK has pledged to keep carbon-dioxide emissions from travel to less than 50 per cent of 2019 levels. Dutch bank ABN is aiming to halve its air travel compared with 2017 over the next five years, replacing flights with train travel between its European offices. Noel Quinn, chief executive of HSBC, expects to reduce his own travel by about half post-Covid, while Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has publicly said he’ll fly less for the climate. Microsoft’s outdated offset policy risks being left behind by other companies showing real climate leadership.
(Sources: Fastcompany.com, FT.com, CNBC.com)
“I plan to fly a lot less now that the pandemic has shown we can get by with less trips.”
From building a weather forecasting supercomputer with the UK’s Met Office to using AI to help organisations understand climate-related risk, Microsoft does a tremendous amount of work with partners to tackle climate change. If Microsoft was to go back to emitting as much through business flights as before the pandemic, it would risk undermining the meaningful contributions its sustainability team, its partners and its customers make every day. Business and people all around the world look to Microsoft for thought leadership and practical solutions – and relying on offsets and advancements in jet fuels just isn’t good enough.