Microsoft makes its Emissions Impact Dashboard available for all cloud customers

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Microsoft wants to give its customers more insights into how their usage of the company’s cloud services impacts the environment. That’s why the company announced today the general availability of its new Emissions Impact Dashboard, which follows the launch of the Microsoft Sustainability Calculator back in January 2020.

With the new Emissions Impact Dashboard, customers can have a detailed look at the carbon emissions associated with their usage of Azure and other Microsoft cloud services. “Organizations can measure the impact of Microsoft cloud usage on their carbon footprint, and they can drill down into emissions by month, service, and datacenter region,” the company explained.

Figure 1: The main dashboard focuses on showcasing overall emissions and usage over time, as well as carbon intensity, which is a metric of carbon efficiency specific to cloud usage.

Moreover, Microsoft’s new Emissions Impact Dashboard can also help customers estimate emissions savings from migrating apps and services to the Microsoft cloud. The Emissions Impact Dashboard runs on Power BI Pro, and its methodology for measuring greenhouse gas emissions was validated by Stanford University in 2018 and it aligns with ISO standards.

“The Emissions Impact Dashboard is part of our commitment to address our own environmental impact and help our customers do the same,” the company said today. Azure has become one of Microsoft’s fastest-growing businesses in recent years, and the company has been building new data centers all around the globe. It’s certainly not easy to conciliate a fast-growing, energy-intensive business with sustainability goals, though  Microsoft is committed to using 100% renewable energy for its data centers by 2025.