COPENHAGEN — If you had a top draft pick to add someone to your climate saving team, you'd probably want a power hitter who knew a thing or two about technology revolutions....someone, like, say, Microsoft.
Well you can save that pick, because Microsoft is already in.
In a statement released on Monday for the Copenhagen talks, Microsoft Chief Environmental Strategist Rob Bernard said that in order to stabilize the climate, "...we must act now. While we have the technologies to address the challenges today, the world needs the right set of policies in place to stimulate public and private markets to make the right investments now to achieve climate and environmental goals."
The clean energy economy that will replace fossil fuels will be driven by brains, not just brawn. "Telepresence" can replace physical travel -- reducing emissions and increasing family time. Information technology can link cars and the power grid, allowing us to use electricity for transportation and opening up new strategies to green up our power supplies (like storing intermittent solar and wind power in car batteries). "Smart grid" technologies will enable a much more efficient, flexible, resilient electric power system.
But unlocking that potential at the pace and scale necessary to stabilize the climate requires strong public policy as well as private innovation. So while Microsoft is working on solutions in Redmond, it's working as a global citizen to move a climate deal forward in Copenhagen.
You can find the statement and read more on Microsoft's work on climate solutions here.