Xbox consoles go carbon neutral for Playing for the Planet Alliance

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Microsoft steps up alongside Sony, Ubisoft and many more.

Microsoft has launched a pilot program to make 825,000 Xbox consoles carbon neutral, the company today declared.

“Microsoft’s business operations have operated carbon neutral since 2012,” a statement from Microsoft reads. “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.”

Through the announcement, Microsoft declared its membership in the Playing for the Planet Alliance, a grouping of gaming companies including Google Stadia, Ubisoft, WildWorks, Rovio, Supercell, Creative Mobile, E-Line Media, Sports Interactive, Green Man Gaming, Space Ape, iDreamSky, Reliance Games, Strange Loop, Internet of Elephants, Twitch, Niantic, Sybo and Sony PlayStation.

“Combined, these commitments from 21 companies will result in a 30 million tonne reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030, will see millions of trees planted, new ‘green nudges’ in game design and improvements to energy management, packaging, and device recycling,” a statement from the Alliance reads.