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Microsoft Targets Carbon Removal With Climate Research Effort

Published on July 15, 2022

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Microsoft Corp. has launched a climate research effort in a bid to build a network of participants to tackle some key problems affecting the environment.

The Microsoft Climate Research Initiative will at first focus on carbon reduction and removal, carbon accounting and environmental resilience, the Redmond, Washington-based company said in a blog post Wednesday. An initial round of nine projects includes work on reducing emissions from cement and monitoring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

One project is examining ways to reduce the environmental impact of cement. The concrete industry accounts for 5-8% of global carbon dioxide emissions, the bulk of which can be attributed to cement, said Eleftheria Roumeli, professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Washington and one of the researchers.

“The overarching goal of this exciting new chapter would be to reduce the carbon footprint of cement and minimize the experiment we need to do to deliver sustainable solutions” by taking advantage of machine learning, she said.

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Originally written by Zahra Hirji for Bloomberg.
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