Microsoft’s emissions skyrocket by 30% in AI race

Microsoft is facing a significant increase in emissions, up almost 30% since 2020, as it rushes to meet the growing demand for artificial intelligence. This surge in emissions highlights the challenges the tech giant faces in balancing its climate goals with the need to invest in infrastructure.

The spike in emissions is primarily attributed to the construction of data centers that support AI and cloud computing systems, according to Microsoft’s latest sustainability report. The company acknowledges that its unique position as a leading cloud provider expanding its data centers contributes to these challenges.

In a competitive race with rivals like Amazon and Google, Microsoft is investing heavily in expanding its infrastructure to support generative AI. The company has poured billions into OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, and is also developing its own AI tools to stay ahead in the game.