COP26: Microsoft announced as Principal Partner for climate summit

Last year, the global technology company unveiled a detailed plan to become carbon negative by 2030 and remove all the carbon emitted since its founding by 2050

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Microsoft has been announced as the 10th Principal Partner for the UN climate change conference taking place in November in Glasgow, Scotland.

The global technology company will support the delivery of a successful and ambitious COP26, joining organisations including SSE, ScottishPower, NatWest Group, National Grid, Sky, Sainsbury’s, Hitachi, Reckitt and GSK.

Microsoft has been accelerating progress towards a more sustainable future by reducing its environmental footprint, advancing research, helping its customers develop sustainable solutions and advocating for policies that benefit the environment.

Last year, it unveiled a detailed plan to become a carbon negative company by 2030 and remove all the carbon emitted since its founding by 2050.

Other pledges include becoming water positive and zero waste by 2030.

Brad Smith, President of Microsoft said: “Building a pathway to net zero will take all of us working together and technology will play an important role in enabling it.

“Through Microsoft’s partnership with COP26, we look forward to engaging across public and private sectors to establish the conditions, measurement and markets that can help us all accelerate progress in the fight against climate change.”