Microsoft accelerates sustainability efforts with ‘Planetary Computer’

MS Execs 2015 10 LCA Smith Brad 206 683x1024Microsoft has announced a new initiative to accelerate its sustainability efforts by launching ‘Planetary Computer’ which will advance the protection and preservation of ecosystems around the world

Microsoft President Brad Smith has unveiled the company’s goals with a detailed plan to provide the global community with access to environmental datasets and a computing platform to analyse information. The ‘Planetary Computer’ will be using AI technologies to provide critical insights that will be shared with scientists, conversation organisations and businesses to obtain locally relevant answers.

There will be four major principles in approaching these global biodiversity goals. These include suggesting data and digital technology to work, empower partners and customers around the world, use their voice on ecosystem related public policy issues and taking responsibility for their land footprint.

Smith said, “Microsoft’s new biodiversity initiative is multi-faceted. Perhaps most importantly, it aims to put data and digital technology to work, including through an ambitious program to aggregate environmental data from around the world and put it to work in a new “Planetary Computer.

“We will combine this with new work to enable partners and customers to use the resulting output to enhance environmental decision-making in their organisational activities. We’ll also use it to speak out on ecosystem-related public policy issues and take responsibility for Microsoft’s own land footprint.”

The company will further deepen their partnerships by providing grants that ensure conservation organisations have access to the datasets, compute and other resources.

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