Earlier today we reported on PlayStation’s plans to reduce carbon emission by creating consoles that were designed far less energy, and as we mentioned PlayStation was just one of the many companies to take environmental initiative as it has now been revealed by Microsoft that they plan on launching 800,000 Xbox that are carbon neutral
In a statement issued by members of the UN they believe the video game industry could play a crucial role in environmental change for the better.
“The video games industry has the ability to engage, inspire and captivate the imaginations of billions of people across the world. This makes them a hugely important partner in addressing the climate emergency,” said Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP). “We are encouraged by the commitment of these gaming companies, which shows recognition that we all must play our role in the global effort to lower carbon emissions and effect real change towards sustainability.”
As mentioned above, PlayStation is already working on solutions and Microsoft has also revealed their plans in a recent blog post. The post details Microsoft’s plans of action by promising that they will begin manufacturing consoles that are carbon neutral. They will begin with a total of 825,000 xbox consoles, although they don’t specify whether these will be systems in the Xbox One family or their previously announced at E3 Project Scarlet system.
Going from carbon neutral operations to carbon neutral products: Microsoft’s business operations have operated carbon neutral since 2012. Today we are beginning the journey of extending that to our products and devices with a pilot to make 825,000 Xbox consoles carbon neutral. These are the first gaming consoles to be carbon neutral. While just a pilot, we’re already looking at what we can do to further reduce and neutralize carbon across devices in the future.
“In addition, Microsoft will engage gamers in sustainability efforts in real life through the Minecraft its ‘Build a Better World’ initiative, which has seen players take more than 20 million in-game actions.” according to the UN post. This will mark the first system from the big three (Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo) that will be carbon neutral.
Of course they won’t just be focusing on gaming as this plan of action will be company wide as they work towards more environmental friendly hardware and software. Others will be joining Microsoft and Sony, which include Ubisoft, Google Stadia and other game studios and platforms as they produce more titles focused on restoring the environment and educating gamers on the subject better than they currently do. These plans even include changing how they package their content, moving from plastic to recycled materials.