In Quincy, Washington, Microsoft is spearheading a sustainability revolution at its data center site. The ambitious goal? To cut embodied CO2 emissions in concrete by an impressive 50%. With concrete responsible for 8% of global emissions, it’s time for change.
Microsoft Exploring Alternatives
Microsoft is testing alternate concrete mixes, such as microalgae, fly ash, and slag, to challenge the status quo. The aim is to reduce the carbon footprint without compromising structural integrity.
Biogenic limestone derived from microalgae, and industrial waste materials like fly ash and slag, along with other additives, form part of the experimental concrete mixes. Microsoft has even tested conventional concrete with added CO2 and invested in CarbonCure for enhanced strength.
Microsoft’s goal of becoming carbon-negative by 2030 goes beyond the obvious. The investigation of low-carbon building materials such as wood, earth, hemp, and mushrooms demonstrates a comprehensive approach to sustainable construction.
Supporting Green Innovators
Microsoft’s Climate Innovation Fund is actively supporting projects like Prometheus Materials (focused on bio-cement using algae) and Boston Metal (dedicated to steel production with minimal CO2 emissions through electrolysis). It’s about fostering innovation for a sustainable future.
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