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Microsoft Sustainability

Build a modern, sustainable workplace with Microsoft

Empower employees in your organisation to collaborate, connect, and achieve more with sustainable modern devices and secure management from Microsoft.

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Microsoft Sustainability

With Microsoft, your organisation needs can co-exist with the needs of the planet​

Start investing in Microsoft devices that have integrity built in across the entire product lifecycle—from design and supply chain through product usage and end-of-life management.

Increasing durability & repairability

ENERGY STAR® efficiency ratings

100% sustainable packaging by 2025

Innovating new circular materials

20% reduction in security breaches, annually

More sustainable user experiences

Our Commitments​

We work to ensure that technology is inclusive, trusted, and increases sustainability. In 2020, we announced our sustainability commitments and detailed plans for working towards a more sustainable future.

Carbon Negative

By 2030, we’ll be carbon negative, and by 2050, we’ll remove our historical emissions since our founding in 1975.

Water Positive

By 2030, we’ll be replenishing more water than we use.

Zero Waste

By 2030, we’ll be zero waste across our direct waste footprint.

Preserve Ecosystems

We’ll protect more land than we use by 2050 and build a Planetary Computer.

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Microsoft has been invested in building the world’s leading platform for technology solutions that can have the greatest impact. With sustainability as its core priority, Microsoft have been carbon neutral since 2012, and are continuing to take steps to develop, innovate, and improve. In 2020, they made a bold commitment and detailed plan to become a carbon negative, water positive, and zero waste company that protects more land than it uses by 2030 and by 2050, they plan to remove all of the carbon from the environment that the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975

Microsoft is committed to use the whole of its business power to affect change in those areas by minimising the negative impacts of their operations and maximising the positive impacts of their technology. This idea was the catalyst for Surface – to build hardware that would not only be a stage for Windows but push the platform and the ecosystem forward. Hence, their Surface line stands out as a testament to the company’s commitment to sustainability. 

Build better experiences for a modern, flexible workspace with Microsoft Surface.

Designed by Microsoft, Surface devices are thoughtfully built, adapting in versatile ways to how teams work, learn, and create. Whether you need a 5G-connected, on-the-go tablet, a familiar laptop, or a creative canvas, the Surface range has you covered. Your people can work the way they want using touch, digital pen, and adaptive and third-party accessories.

The Microsoft Surface product portfolio includes the Surface Pro, a versatile 2-in-1 detachable high performing tablet designed for professionals and creatives. The Surface Laptop that combines style, performance, and portability in a sleek clamshell design. The compact and lightweight Surface Go tablet that is perfect for on-the-go productivity. The Surface Studio that caters to creative professionals with its large touchscreen display that can be tilted like a drafting table and the Surface Hub that serves as a large interactive display for meetings and presentations. These are the devices for your team to get more done.

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Empowering organisations on their path to net zero with Microsoft

With a focus on responsible material sourcing, energy efficiency, product longevity, and recycling initiatives, Microsoft has successfully integrated sustainability into the design, production, and lifecycle management of its Surface devices. This strategic approach not only reflects Microsoft’s dedication to minimising its environmental impact but also positions the Surface line as a pioneer in sustainable technology solutions.

By combining these efforts with renewable energy commitments and a built-in integrity approach, Microsoft has demonstrated that sustainability and technological excellence can go hand in hand, setting an example for the industry and inspiring positive change for a greener future.

Today, Surface is helping companies embrace a modern, sustainable workplace. A working model that gives their people the freedom to work their way from anywhere, while ensuring devices are sustainable, secure, efficient, and more easily manageable.

Realise critical cost savings while elevating productivity with Microsoft.

For its capabilities, design, and functionality, Microsoft Surface easily captures value that far outstrips its marginally higher premium device cost over an alternative PC device. The benefits of using Surface devices combine to create far more value than the additional costs of buying Surface devices, stemming from lower overall total cost of ownership from device consolidation, higher residual value, and reduced spend on peripherals and support, IT staff time savings and efficiencies as well as improved user productivity linked to improved device performance and usability.

In fact, Surface devices enabled with Microsoft 365 have a total cost of ownership that costs 63% less to purchase and manage than other PC devices and generate almost $2.8 in benefits for every $1 in investment over 3 years,

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Accelerate your sustainability journey with Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability

Record, report, and reduce your emissions, water, and waste impacts with Microsoft Sustainability Manager—a new Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability solution that’s now available. With these, organisations can better track and reduce their environmental impacts, not only directly in their operations but also across suppliers, partners, services, and infrastructure. This includes emissions data associated with their usage of Microsoft 365 services, including Exchange Online, Outlook, SharePoint, OneDrive, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

With Microsoft Cloud, you can unify data intelligence, build sustainable IT infrastructure, reduce the impact the impact of your operations and create sustainable value chains. 

Leverage more renewable energy with Windows 11

Starting with Windows 11, version 22H2, Windows Update is now carbon aware*, making it easier for your devices to reduce carbon emissions.

When devices are plugged in, turned on, connected to the internet and where regional carbon intensity data is available, Windows Update will schedule installations at specific times of the day (when doing so may result in lower-carbon emissions because a higher proportion of electricity is coming from lower-carbon sources on the electric grid). 

Want to update immediately? No problem! You can always bypass this function and choose to install updates immediately on the Windows Update page in Settings. 


Virtu is dedicated to optimising a modern, sustainable workplace with Microsoft

With an unwavering commitment to providing innovation through the latest range of leading solutions in the market, Virtu has strengthened key strategic partnerships, alliances and certifications with a diverse range of leading and emerging IT vendors over the years. You can trust that Virtu is able to provide the best insights, products, services and solutions to support your sustainable business growth journey.

As a Microsoft Silver Cloud Partner, Virtu is proud to be an an active supporter of Microsoft’s commitment to go carbon negative and to use 100% recyclable packaging and Surface devices by 2030. At the core of our values, Virtu and Microsoft are dedicated to offering more sustainable solutions to customers. We continuously work towards building a responsible ecosystem by improving the sustainability performance of our business, engaging and empowering our dedicated employees, and amplifying the positive social and environmental impact of Microsoft devices.

Microsoft has proven to be an exceptional partner to Virtu, and we look forward to nurturing and expanding our valuable partnership. Together, Virtu and Microsoft provide a unique opportunity for organisations to empower themselves and unlock their full potential. By leveraging our combined strengths, we enable businesses to thrive while making a meaningful and positive contribution to our planet.

As a dedicated partner of Microsoft, Virtu takes pride in harnessing their expertise and collaboration to equip your business with the environmentally-conscious and ethically-driven Microsoft products essential for your success and active participation in fostering social and environmental sustainability. By choosing Virtu as your trusted provider of IT services and solutions, you gain full access to Microsoft’s comprehensive portfolio of sustainable products. Together, we can help your business flourish while making a positive impact on society and the planet.

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