Accenture, GitHub, Microsoft and ThoughtWorks launched the Green Software Foundation with the Linux Foundation to put sustainability at the heart of software engineering.

While the world is looking for solutions to address the urgent emission crisis, more companies are committed to being neutral or carbon-negative than ever before.

Accenture, GitHub, Microsoft and ThoughtWorks are among the companies that have made commitments to help tackle the global climate crisis. But as an industry, they thought they could do more by joining together.

At Microsoft’s annual Build Developers Conference (virtual), software development has been at the forefront and center of each keynote and session. While thinking and working on the future of the software industry, the companies promoting the initiative also believe that they have the responsibility to help build a better future, a more sustainable future, both internally and in collaboration with industry leaders

With data centers worldwide representing 1% of global electricity demand, and 3-8% of consumption projections over the next decade, it is imperative to address this issue in a united way as an industry.

To contribute to this effort, the Green Software Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Accenture, GitHub, Microsoft and ThoughtWorks, established with the Linux Foundation and the Joint Development Foundation, was announced.

The Green Software Foundation, said Microsoft, was born from a mutual desire and need to collaborate in the software industry.

Organisations with a shared commitment to sustainability and an interest in green software development principles are encouraged to join the foundation to help grow the field of green software engineering, contribute to industry standards and work together to reduce carbon emissions from green software.

The foundation aims to help the software industry contribute to the broader objectives of the information and communication technology sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

In addition to founding members • Accenture, GitHub, Microsoft and ThoughtWorks • Goldman S

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