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Microsoft announced as a principal partner for COP26

Thu 01 Jul 2021 | 07:34 am GMT
Michelle Urquhart | Products of Change Writer

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Global technology company is tenth Principal Partner for vital UN climate change conference in Glasgow this November. Microsoft joins SSE, ScottishPower, NatWest Group, National Grid, Sky, Sainsbury’s, Hitachi, Reckitt and GSK as principal partners for UN climate change summit COP26 in Glasgow. Through these partnerships, the COP26 Presidency is showing a clear commitment to working with businesses who are taking real steps towards net zero. Microsoft is accelerating progress toward a more sustainable future by reducing its environmental footprint, advancing research, helping its customers build sustainable solutions, and advocating for policies that benefit the environment. In 2020, Microsoft announced an ambitious commitment and detailed plan to be carbon negative by 2030 and to remove from the environment all the carbon the company emitted since its founding by 2050. The company has built on this pledge by adding commitments to be water positive by 2030, zero waste by 2030, and to protect ecosystems by developing a planetary computer. COP26 president-designate, Alok Sharma, said: “I am delighted to welcome Microsoft as a principal partner of COP26. Tackling climate change is one of the greatest and most urgent challenges we face, and companies like Microsoft are helping to create the technology the world needs to reduce our own impact on the environment. Businesses have a key role to play in helping us ensure COP26 is a success and I look forward to working with Microsoft as we continue our work ahead of the summit in November.”
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