Microsoft selects AI start-ups to accelerate progress on environmental sustainability

Ten companies focused on reducing carbon emissions and waste, preserving water and protecting ecosystems have been selected to take part in Microsoft’s AI for Environmental Sustainability Accelerator programme. The programme, launched in collaboration with the Met Office and Social Tech Trust, will support the cohort through a four-month programme to advance their environmental solution using AI. The 10 companies will develop their technological capabilities and commercial strategy, build the relationships they need to scale their solution and, crucially, learn how to measure the impact it will have for environmental progress.…

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Fortum and Microsoft announce world’s largest collaboration to heat homes, services and businesses with sustainable waste heat from new data centre region

Fortum and Microsoft have announced a unique collaboration project, whereby Fortum will capture the excess heat generated by a new data centre region to be built by Microsoft in the Helsinki metropolitan area in Finland. The data centres will use 100% emission-free electricity, and Fortum will transfer the clean heat from the server cooling process to homes, services and business premises that are connected to its district heating system. The waste heat recycling concept from the data centre region will be the largest of its kind in the world. The…

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Accenture, Dubai Cares, Microsoft and UNICEF launch digital education platform under Generation Unlimited to help address global learning crisis

Accenture, Dubai Cares, Microsoft and UNICEF announced the launch of a global, digital learning platform for young people. Operating under the Generation Unlimited partnership, the Passport to Earning platform aims to address the global education crisis – currently exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic – and prepare the next generation for decent work. The platform will provide young people aged 15-24 across the world with free, certified education and skills training—with content spanning across digital, foundational, role-based, and technical skills. Young people using the platform will be able to use the…

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Microsoft joins global group of companies that will support NHS journey to Net Zero

Microsoft has teamed up with other large NHS suppliers from across the world to support the health service’s plan to become more environmentally friendly. The NHS aims to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2045 after warning that climate change will disrupt healthcare, with poor environmental health contributing to major illnesses such as asthma, heart disease and cancer. More than 60% of the NHS’s carbon footprint is based within its supply chain, and the organisation uses products from more than 80,000 suppliers that provide medical equipment, food, business and office…

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First digital billboards to feature British Sign Language unveiled in UK train stations

The first-ever national digital billboard campaign to feature British Sign Language (BSL) has been launched across the UK by Microsoft to highlight the importance of accessibility in driving innovation. The campaign has been launched at major railway stations, including Reading, Brighton, Waterloo, Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Liverpool Lime Street, Leeds and Edinburgh Waverley. Each digital billboard will show 10-second films featuring a female BSL interpreter who is signing the words next to her. The message reads: “The more inclusive you are, the more innovative you can be. Together we…

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