Commercial, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables - November 29, 2017
Microsoft's Brian Janous talks 100% RE on CNBC
On any given day, Microsoft Corp. consumes roughly the same amount of energy as a small state, but as its transition to a cloud-based delivery model accelerates, that consumption is expected to be closer to that of a small country, according to Brian Janous, the tech giant's general manager of energy.
That expectation is a key element driving Microsoft's goal to transition to using 100% renewable energy to power its operations.
Speaking on CNBC's Squawk Box on Nov. 24 about Microsoft's investments in renewable energy and the company's ambitious sustainability goals — which include a new commitment to reduce its operational carbon emissions 75% by 2030 against a 2013 baseline — Janous said he expects to hit the company's interim target of 50% renewable energy by the end of this year.
When asked how Microsoft's progress compares to its competitors, Janous spoke to the inconsistencies often found in the way different companies account for renewable energy transactions.
"There are varying numbers that you hear for some of our competitors because we all look at this, somewhat, in different ways, the accounting for these things can be challenging," he said.
View a three-minute clip of the interview below.