How Microsoft Plans To Eliminate All The Carbon It Ever Emitted

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Brad Smith, president of Microsoft Corp., speaks during a climate initiative event at the Microsoft ... [+] Corp. campus in Redmond, Washington, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020.

Microsoft unveiled plans to invest $1 billion to back companies and organizations working on technologies to remove or reduce carbon from the earth's atmosphere, saying efforts to merely emit less carbon aren't enough to prevent catastrophic climate change. Photographer: David Ryder/Bloomberg © 2020 Bloomberg Finance LP In January 2020, Microsoft launched a company-wide focus on sustainability by announcing an ambitious goal and a detailed plan to become carbon negative by 2030, and by 2050 to remove from the environment more carbon than they have emitted since they were founded. To oversee this plan, they have assembled a team of experts including Microsoft Chief Environmental Officer, Lucas Joppa, and hired veterans of the energy sector like Darryl Willis, who is a geophysicist by training and spent 18 years with BP and a stint with Google before becoming Microsoft’s Vice President of Energy.  This week I spoke with Mr. Willis, who detailed the efforts Microsoft is making to achieve these lofty goals. I started out by asking about the source more...