Shell and Microsoft Form Alliance To Address Carbon Emissions

Shell and Microsoft, building on a history of 3 decades of working together, are embarking on a new strategic alliance to support progress toward a world with net-zero emissions.

“Microsoft and Shell both have rich histories of innovation and bold ambitions to decarbonize,” said Huibert Vigeveno, downstream director at Shell. “We are proud of the work we have already done together. Our strategic alliance will enable us to push the boundaries of what can be achieved. We believe we can unlock tremendous progress for Shell, Microsoft, our customers, and beyond.”

This strategic alliance will support Shell’s ambition to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, or sooner, in step with society and its customers. Shell’s supply of renewable energy will help Microsoft deliver on its renewable energy supply goals and its broader ambition to be carbon negative by 2050.

“We are building on our work with Shell by establishing a deeper alliance to further accelerate innovation in support of decarbonization and energy industry transition,” said Judson Althoff, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Commercial Business. “Cross-industry collaborations like this are fundamental to help society reach net-zero emissions by 2050, and digital transformation is key to tackling this important issue, within the energy sector and beyond.”

Highlights of the expanded alliance include

  • Shell will supply Microsoft with renewable energy, helping Microsoft to meet its commitment to having a 100% supply of renewable energy by 2025.
  • The two companies will continue working together on artificial intelligence (AI), which has already driven transformation across Shell’s operations through access to real-time data insights, contributing to worker and onsite safety, and delivering efficiencies that have helped reduce Shell’s carbon emissions.
  • Shell and Microsoft will work together on new digital tools so Shell can offer its suppliers and customers effective support in reducing their carbon footprints.
  • Shell and Microsoft will explore working together to help advance the use of sustainable aviation fuels.
  • The companies will use Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing system and data from Shell assets to strengthen operational safety by improving risk analysis, prediction, and prevention.



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