Microsoft Releases Dashboard to Assess Climate Impact of Cloud Usage
Microsoft announced today the wide release of its Microsoft Emissions Impact Dashboard, making its solution to measure the climate impact of cloud usage generally available to all users.
Microsoft initially launched the dashboard last year as the Microsoft Sustainability Calculator, providing Azure enterprise customers with a tool to track, report, analyze, and reduce carbon emissions associated with their Azure services. With today’s release, the company aims to enable Microsoft cloud users broadly better understand the impact of their cloud usage on their overall carbon footprint.
In a blog post announcing the release of the solution, Microsoft General Manager, Global Industry Product Marketing, Kees Hertogh said:
“As cloud services continue to scale, their impact on the environment cannot be overlooked. That’s why today we’re announcing the general availability of the Microsoft Emissions Impact Dashboard, a tool that helps Microsoft cloud customers understand, track, report, analyze, and reduce carbon emissions associated with their cloud usage. The Emissions Impact Dashboard is part of our commitment to address our own environmental impact and help our customers do the same.”
According to Hertogh, the tool enables users to drill down into emissions by month, service, and datacenter region, and it will also estimate the potential emissions impact of moving un-migrated workloads to the cloud. The Dashboard has also been updated with the ability to calculate Scope 3 emissions associated with cloud usage, including value chain emissions such as materials extraction, manufacturing, transport, and hardware disposal.
Microsoft’s dashboard release follows the launch earlier this week by Google Cloud of its own series of climate-focused tools, aimed at enabling users to assess and reduce the emissions impact of their cloud-based workloads, and better address the climate impact of their businesses.