The American company “Microsoft”, the software giant in the world, has revealed a new effort to reduce pollution resulting from some of its employees’ trips.
The company plans to purchase credits for sustainable aviation fuel to cover travel on the commercial routes that its employees take on business trips.
Microsoft will buy aviation fuel stocks from the Dutch “Sky NRG” company, which will then supply Alaska Airlines with the cleaner fuel. The least polluted flights will be operated by Alaska Airlines to travel between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (near Microsoft’s headquarters) and the San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles International Airports.
The fuel provided by Sky NRG is manufactured in the United States using used cooking oil or other vegetable oils. And when burned, the fuel can emit 75 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than conventional kerosene-based jet fuels, the Dutch company claims.
The effort is Microsoft’s latest move to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. In January, the company pledged to eliminate more carbon dioxide heating the planet than it emits by 2030. It also said that by 2050, it would cut all emissions since its inception.
Business trips accounted for about 3% of Microsoft’s carbon footprint in fiscal year 2019, according to the company fact sheet. This climate pollution, which equates to 392,557 metric tons of carbon dioxide, is roughly the same amount that 84,809 passenger cars would produce per year.
Although it represents a small portion of Microsoft’s total emissions, pollution from the company’s business trips has grown steadily since 2017.
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