Microsoft's Ballmer goes carbon neutral

The shy and retiring CEO of Microsoft Steve “sounds of silence” Ballmer has signed off on a commitment to become carbon neutral.

Vole said that it will set an internal carbon price to help drive greener business decisions across its global operations.

Apparently that means that Steve is going to look to wind to provide a clean power source, which we have to admit is a good resource for him to tap.

The new undertaking, to be unveiled today, will include an unusual “carbon fee chargeback” system that will mean business units responsible for incurring emissions from data centres, air travel, offices and software laboratories will be charged an internal fee according to emission levels.

Ballmer will put the money saved into an investment fund the company expects to use for renewable energy and other carbon reduction projects.

Rob Bernard, Microsoft’s chief environmental strategist said thatt he fund will be about $10m by the end of the scheme’s first year.

A large portion of the greenhouse gas emissions produced by Microsoft arise from its data centres.

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive, in 2009 pledged that by 2012 the group would reduce its carbon emissions by at least 30 per cent per unit of revenue from 2007 levels.

He cut emissions from offices and air travel, which should only be considered as a “last option” under company policy. However his move towards cloud computing has significantly increased its electricity use.