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The UK government has announced that Microsoft has been chosen as one of the principal partners for the upcoming UN climate change summit COP26 in Glasgow later this year. As a principal partner, Microsoft will help to deliver a “successful and ambitious” COP26 where world leaders will thrash out plans to tackle the climate change crisis which threatens the extinction of animal species, food shortages, an increase in climate refugees, and much more.

Discussing the appointment, Brad Smith, the President of Microsoft, said:

"Building a pathway to net zero will take all of us working together and technology will play an important role in enabling it. Through Microsoft’s partnership with COP26, we look forward to engaging across public and private sectors to establish the conditions, measurement and markets that can help us all accelerate progress in the fight against climate change."

Tackling climate change requires effort from all parts of society including the private sector. For its part, Microsoft aims to be carbon negative, water positive, and cause zero waste by 2030. By 2050, the firm says it will remove from the environment all of the carbon that it has ever emitted since its founding back in 1975.

As a principal partner, Microsoft joins SSE, ScottishPower, NatWest Group, National Grid, Sky, Sainsbury’s, Hitachi, Reckitt, and GSK.