Microsoft pledges to be carbon neutral by the Summer

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Microsoft (s MSFT) is joining a growing number of tech companies that want to do something about their growing carbon emissions due to power hungry data centers and office buildings. The software giant on Tuesday announced a plan to become carbon neutral by fiscal year 2013 (which starts this July), and said it plans to do so by putting a price on its emissions, using energy efficiency measures and buying renewable energy and carbon offsets.

Microsoft will also consider investing in renewable energy projects, the company said. It will look at signing purchase agreements to buy clean power producers, taking a stake in wind farms and methane-capture projects and building onsite clean power generation systems such as fuel cells, the company said in a white paper.

Microsoft is hardly the first tech firm to strive to be carbon neutral. Companies such as Google (s GOOG) have announced efforts to…

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