Microsoft has made a tool for tracking the carbon footprint of customers’ Cloud widely available.

The company this week announced general availability of the Microsoft Emissions Impact Dashboard, a tool that helps Microsoft cloud customers understand, track, report, analyze, and reduce carbon emissions associated with their cloud usage.

Microsoft first introduced the Emissions Impact Dashboard in January 2020 as the Microsoft Sustainability Calculator. The dashboard provides transparency into greenhouse gas emissions associated with using Microsoft cloud services, and has been updated to include calculation around Scope 3 emissions associated with Microsoft cloud usage.

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The tool also enables customers to enter on-premise workloads and get an estimate of potential emissions savings from them migrating to the Cloud.

Information and analytics group RELX has reportedly been using the Emissions Impact Dashboard during preview for the last six months. The dashboard is used as a major component in CO2.Hub solution it has built to measure its Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions.

Google has released a number of tools to allow customers to see the impact of their Cloud use on GCP infrastructure. At the Next 21 conference this week, it announced Carbon Footprint, a new product that provides customers with the gross carbon emissions associated with their Google Cloud Platform usage before its offset by the search giant’s Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).

It allows companies to measure, track and report on the gross carbon emissions associated with the electricity of your cloud usage, allowing them to disclose their energy-related emissions data for internal carbon inventories and external carbon disclosures. It is available for free to all GCP users now.

Earlier this year Google also released a tool that shows the average hourly mix of renewable energy vs fossil fuel at each of its facilities.

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