It’s a pivotal moment for the world to come together to drive meaningful action to address and combat global climate change. It’s also an important event for Microsoft, where we will highlight our work to advance the sustainability of our business, share sustainability solutions for operational and environmental impact, and support the societal infrastructure for a sustainable world.
The customer signal is clear—sustainability is now a business imperative. In a study of over 1,230 business leaders across 113 countries, 81 percent of CEOs have increased their sustainability investments1. Sustainability is a top-10 business priority for the first time ever2, and carbon emissions are forecasted to become a top-three criterion for cloud purchases by 20253. The number of large cities with net zero targets has doubled since December 2020—from 115 to 2354 and the global market for green data centers is projected to grow to more than $181.9B by 20265.
Customers and partners are asking for help to understand how to meet and plan for rapidly evolving sustainability requirements, incentives, and regulations. At the same time, they’re dealing with rising energy costs and an uncertain economic environment. We’re hearing specific questions about building sustainable IT in the cloud: How to reduce current energy usage and costs, as well as carbon emissions? How can moving to the cloud help us achieve greater efficiency? What tools are available to make this easier?
To support you in navigating this learning curve, we’re announcing technical guidance and skilling offerings that can help you plan your path forward, improve your sustainability posture, and create new business value while reducing your operational footprint. And this is just the beginning – stay tuned for more announcements in the months ahead.