Microsoft and bp collaborate as strategic partners in environmental mission

Back in January 2020, Microsoft set their goal to be carbon negative by the year 2030 and decreed that by 2050 they would have removed more carbon from the environment than it has emitted.

Not long after this announcement, bp, the integrated energy business, stated that not only are they setting their own goals of becoming a net zero emissions company by 2050 or possibly sooner, they also have an ambition to help the world reach net zero as well.

bp’s new strategy is “…pivot from being an international oil company focused on producing resources to an integrated energy company focused on delivering solutions for customers.” – https://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/what-we-do/our-strategy.html

With this in mind it didn’t come as much surprise to hear that on the 15th of September 2020, bp and Microsoft announced that they have joined together as strategic partners.

They are determined to further digital transformation in energy systems and also advance their net zero carbon goals. This will include a co-innovation effort focused on Microsoft bringing bp further into the cloud and bp to supply renewable energy to help power the Microsoft cloud.

William Lin, bp Executive Vice President said, “By bringing our complementary skills and experience together, we are not only helping each other achieve our decarbonization ambitions but also creating opportunities to support other on their journey towards reducing carbon emissions.”

“A strategic partnership such as this enables each organization to bring its unique expertise for industry-leading change and the potential to positively impact billions of lives around the world.” – Judson Althoff, Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Worldwide Commercial Business.

With Microsoft and bp collaborating they can each help the other to accelerate progress towards their sustainability goals and to help the world reduce its carbon emissions.

The four areas they will be focusing on are:

  • Smart and clean cities: identifying areas in Microsoft’s ‘Smart Cities’ initiative and bp’s ‘Clean Cities’ vision to find new way to help cities achieve sustainability aims
  • Clean energy parks: co-development of clean energy parks with an ecosystem of low carbon technologies to prevent and reduce emissions
  • Consumer energy: exploring news ways to use data to empower consumers to manage their energy use and reduce carbon emissions
  • Industrial internet of things solutions: delivering an ‘intelligent edge’ of capabilities to bp production and operations facilities.

To reach their goals, bp is to provide Microsoft renewable energy to help power their data centres and to supply renewable energy to Microsoft across many countries and regions.

bp have also stated that they have extended their agreement to use Microsoft Azure cloud services. This will give them access to a host of tools including machine learning, data analytics and security. With the use of these tools they can gain greater insights, drive significant optimisation opportunities and transform business processes.

With both companies being so determined in achieving their goals, we are sure to see a big difference in their carbon footprint, over the next few years.

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