Trace and act upon your carbon footprint with Emissions Impact Dashboard 

As we dive deeper into the world of cloud computing, it is becoming imperative for organizations to understand the carbon impact this kind of work has upon the environment. With focus on providing a way to reduce organizations’ carbon footprint, Microsoft is gladly announcing the general availability of the Emissions Impact Dashboard for Microsoft 365. 

How does Emissions Impact Dashboard for Microsoft 365 work?

Emissions Impact Dashboard enables users to track and count their greenhouse gas emissions, referring to the usage of Microsoft 365 apps. This dashboard allows a breakdown of emissions, defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. These scopes are categorized in 3, the first being the emissions that are linked to business activities, the second linked to the result from producing energy, and the third being defined indirectly resulting from all other business activities.

Committed with understanding our carbon footprint better

After previewing a beta version in February 2022, there has been an improvement on the data available upon the visualizations. The dashboard now reports datacenter emissions associated with organization’s usage of Microsoft 365 apps, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. In addition, an extension has been applied to the report to show a full 12 months of emissions history. Another improvement added is a new Carbon Intensity tab so that organizations can easily compare their cloud emissions with other activities that propagate greenhouse gas, such as driving a gas-powered vehicle.

What can organizations do with Emissions Impact Dashboard?

By managing the volume of data stored in their tenants, admins may be able to influence Microsoft 365 datacenter emissions. In addition, these are some other actions they may execute:

  • Measure your organization’s allocation of Microsoft datacenter emissions for Microsoft 365 and for Azure
  • Track data storage, and reduce data volume for Exchange Online, SharePoint, and OneDrive, as well as Microsoft Teams chats, channels, and meetings
  • Encourage your employees to act according to greener practices, such as collaborating through links, instead of creating multiple copies of the same file
  • Use Microsoft Sustainability Manager
  • Motivate your employees to clean up redundant documents and unwanted mail

How to get Emissions Impact Dashboard for Microsoft 365

Available for Microsoft 365 and Office 365 customers for business, enterprise, and education, a Power BI Pro license is needed to use the application. If your organization does not yet fulfill the requirements, talk to one of our experts to see what we can do to get your green journey started. If your organization does fulfill the mentioned requirements already, our experts will gladly guide you with the next steps to take.