Microsoft reports on Xbox’s sustainability efforts


This report is from the Corporate Vice President of Xbox Operations

Many companies have embarked on sustainability efforts. And Microsoft, as well as through Xbox, is committed to zero waste, in addition to being water positive and reducing carbon emissions.

Dave McCarthy, Corporate Vice President of Xbox Operations, the zero waste initiative is an ambitious project. This was established in 2021, and now they’ve come back to report what they’ve been up to over the past year.

And knowing that some shows have gone up due to the pandemic — if only because people have had to stay indoors and play on Xbox, among other video game consoles — has been on their minds. But, by changing materials, packaging, etc., Xbox hopes to do better for the environment.

For example, in late 2021, the Xbox Series S began using post-consumer recycled (PCR) resins — in short, recycled parts — in the console body and various internal parts. Now, in 2022, the Series S has at least nearly 30% of its console parts by weight made from recycled parts.

Xbox series S

Improvements have also been made to the Energy Saver Sleep mode, for all consoles currently. This mode saves much more energy compared to sleep mode – about twenty times more. And now, not only is power saving mode the default mode for all consoles, but it is possible to do downloads and updates.

We also talk about how cloud games have changed to be stored with more renewable energy sources, the goal of using 100% recyclable materials for product packaging, and how latest consoles are currently rated at 97% recyclable.

There are also ways consumers can help save energy and reduce emissions, which can be found on the Xbox website with various options – which can range from anything to using power saving mode of energy, to exchanges, to the choice of land shipping .

There are other plans of what will happen in terms of reduce, reuse and recycle. But what has happened so far with Microsoft is a very good start.



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