Announcement has been made on 11th March by Total that a strategic partnership is formed between the company and Microsoft, as to further digital transformation and support progress toward net-zero emissions.
The development of Microsoft and Total in their respective areas of expertise brings numerous concrete opportunities for collaboration over the coming years.
Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total said:
“The rapid development of Total and Microsoft in their areas of expertise brings many opportunities of cooperation for both companies, who are at the forefront of the fight against climate change. We are committed to bringing our expertise by selling green electricity to support Microsoft in achieving its sustainability goals, and we’re pleased to rely on Microsoft’s cloud and AI solutions to accelerate our digital transformation. This is fundamental to drive progress towards a world with net-zero emissions”.
Microsoft’s sustainability objectives will be supported by Total’s market knowledge, in reaching its target for renewable energy and reduction in carbon footprint by 2025. In turn, Total will further leverage Microsoft’s cloud platforms as to accelerate its IT transformation.
Total will also explore and co-innovate on areas of collaboration around sustainability, further digital transformation and AI solutions accelerating the transition to a net-zero economy.
Microsoft aims to eliminate its reliance on diesel fuel by 2030. Through Total’s affiliate, Saft, they will support the development of Microsoft’s plan to diesel-free operations, by firstly assisting Microsoft assess the suitability of various Total technologies. This includes deploying large batteries as backup power at Microsoft’s critical infrastructure.
Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella said:
“We have an enormous opportunity to use advances in digital technology to reduce greenhouse emissions. Our strategic partnership with Total will apply the comprehensive power of Microsoft cloud platforms to accelerate Total’s transition to new energies and to meet sustainability goals.”