Microsoft has joined ClimateWorks Foundation’s Carbon Call to meet net zero goals by improving access to reliable data and science for use in carbon accounting systems.
According to Microsoft, the reliable measurement and accounting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is critical to climate accountability and attribution. As such, the Carbon Call addresses gaps in existing global carbon accounting systems and aims to identify where more accurate information is needed.
“With so many organisations now committing to net zero, one key piece is still missing: a transparent and interoperable system to track, report and compare GHG emissions and removals,” said Lucas Joppa, chief environmental officer at Microsoft. “The Carbon Call is a collaboration to enable reliability among the multiple, different GHG accounting ledgers – from the corporate to the national to the planetary. We encourage all organisations committed to net zero to join us.”
Microsoft is one of over 20 organisations that has joined the coalition. Other participants include Capricorn Investment Group, Climate Change AI, Corporate Leaders Group Europe, EY, Global Carbon Project, Global Council for Science and the Environment, International Science Council, KPMG, LF Energy, Linux Foundation, Microsoft, Mila, Skoll Foundation, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, United Nations Environment Programme and United Nations Foundation.
“To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we must deliver on effective infrastructure this decade that supports credibility of net zero targets,” said Surabi Menon, vice president of global intelligence at ClimateWorks Foundation. “Accurate carbon accounting is fundamental to holding polluters accountable and knowing where focus on climate action is most needed. The Carbon Call will build on existing efforts by bringing together civil, business and philanthropic actors to accelerate the development of more reliable and interoperable systems for tracking emissions.”
The outputs of the coalition will be available at www.carboncall.org.