Next year, Microsoft is launching a new datacenter region in Sweden, in line with its commitments to the environment.
The company vowed that the deployments in the country will be among the company’s most advanced and sustainable locations. The cloud provider has previously pledged that it will use 100% renewable energy in all of its buildings and data centers by 2025.
To support this goal, Microsoft has announced that it will be more transparent about the way that energy consumption in its Swedish facilities is matched with renewable energy generation, thanks to a new service developed in partnership with European electricity producer Vattenfall.
To mitigate the impact of its data centers’ power consumption, Microsoft purchases energy certificates, called Guarantees of Origin (GOs) in Europe, which are amounts of renewable energy that are calculated based on the building’s average consumption of electricity over a year.
Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Cloud Operations and Innovation, Noelle Walsh said, “While we have seen remarkable progress toward renewable sourcing and commitments, there is a fundamental flaw in monitoring the source and quantity of energy consumed. And without the transparency of supply and demand, market forces cannot work to ensure that renewable energy demand is supplied from renewable sources.”