Plan and prepare for Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability in 2022 release wave 1

Important

The 2022 release wave 1 plan covers all new functionalities planned to be delivered to market from April 2022 to September 2022. In this article, you'll find the product overview and what's new and planned for Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability.

Overview

Drawing on the depth and breadth of the entire Microsoft cloud, Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability is a new cloud offering that is designed to help companies take control of their environmental initiatives. Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability offers a set of comprehensive, integrated, and automated insights for organizations to accelerate each stage of their sustainability journey.

With Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability, we’re creating a whole new category, going beyond capturing data to helping customers aggregate sustainability data in an actionable way. It includes software as a service (SaaS) offerings that can discover and connect to real-time data sources, accelerate data integration and reporting, provide accurate carbon accounting, measure performance against goals, and enable intelligent insights for organizations to take more effective action.

Here are examples of scenarios that demonstrate how organizations will be able to leverage Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability to achieve their goals:

  • CIOs will be able to easily report on IT carbon emissions from the cloud, devices, and applications as part of their department’s environmental footprint. They will then be able to connect their emissions data sources into one view for reporting.
  • Companies will be able to offer their customers a sustainability scorecard to track progress against their carbon emission reduction goals, inclusive of scope 1-3 emissions (that is, emissions from a company’s owned sources, emissions from purchased energy, and all other emissions).
  • Customers will be able to pinpoint specific emission areas and track if they are meeting their emission reduction goals. For instance, if an HVAC system is not on track to meet its prescribed emissions reduction target, the task can be assigned to operations to make the necessary improvements to reach that target.

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Investment areas

Investment areas

Record
Near real-time connections across emissions sources enable Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability to automate ingestion of operational business activities that represent the customers’ entire operations and value stream emissions footprint.

Reduce
Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability will go beyond basic dashboards. Many customers have set bold public commitments and are working toward them. Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability will help customers better understand the actions they should take to continue to reduce emissions, improve business processes, and make lasting changes in their organization.

Report
With a complete set of understandable data, customers can produce reports based on consumption, create an accurate baseline, and understand progress toward goals, while meeting strict regulatory and public reporting requirements.

To learn more about the entire set of capabilities being delivered during this release wave, check out the release plan for Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability below:

For application administrators

User-impacting features to the user experience enabled automatically
User-impacting features should be reviewed by application administrators. This facilitates release change management and enables successful onboarding of new capabilities released to market. For the complete list, look for all features tagged "Users, automatically" in the release plan.

Features that must be enabled by application administrators
This release wave contains features that must be enabled or configured by administrators, makers, or business analysts to be available for their users. For the complete list, look for all features tagged "Users by admins, makers, or analysts" in the release plan.