Microsoft creates foundation to make software industry sustainable

Microsoft announced this Tuesday (25), during the virtual edition of the Build Developers Conference, the launch of a new initiative focused on sustainability. It is the Green Software Foundation, a non-profit organization formed by the companies Accenture, GitHub, Microsoft and ThoughtWorks, in addition to the Linux Foundation.

The project’s goal is “to build an ecosystem of trust with people, standards, tools and best practices for building sustainable software.” That is, to continue driving the industry, but at the same time reducing the emission of pollutants or excessive energy consumption.

According to industry projections, data centers account for 1% of all global electricity consumption — and that share could increase to as much as 8% over the next decade if nothing is done to reduce this energy demand.

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The Green Software Foundation’s main goal will be the adoption and dissemination of standards with the best possible practices for the development of software in a way that is less harmful to the environment — that is, with less emission of pollutants or economy in consumption.

The partners will also work with educational and academic organizations to promote research related to the sustainable software development sector, in addition to publicizing more initiatives and conducting training with market members.

In this way, the industry is able to expand the results with proportionally smaller damages, even agreeing with the proposals of the Paris Agreement.

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