Microsoft Reports on Xbox Sustainability Efforts

This Report Comes From Corporate Vice President of Xbox Operations

There’s been a lot of companies that have been getting into sustainability efforts. And Microsoft, as well through Xbox, has made a commitment to zero-waste, as well as being water positive and lowering carbon emissions.

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

And the knowledge that some emissions have increased due to the pandemic- if only because people have had to stay inside and played on Xbox, among other video game consoles- has been on their minds. But, through changing hardware, packaging, and more, Xbox is hoping to do better for the environment.

For example, in late 2021, Xbox Series S began to use Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) resins- in short, recycled parts- into the console body and various internal parts. Now in 2022, the Series S has at least nearly 30% of its console parts by weight being made of recycled parts.

Xbox Series S

There have also been improvements to the Energy Saver Sleep mode, for all consoles currently. This mode saves a lot more energy compared to the standby mode- about twenty times more. And now, not only is the energy-saving mode the default for all consoles, but it is possible to do downloads and updates.

There is also talk of how gaming in the Cloud has changed to being stored with more renewable energy sources, how there is a goal to use 100% recyclable materials for product packaging, and how the latest consoles are currently assessed to be 97% recyclable.

THere are also ways that consumers can help with saving energy and causing fewer emissions, which can be found on the Xbox website with various options- which can come from everything to using the energy-saving mode, to trade-ins, to choosing ground shipping.

There are other plans of what will come when it comes to reduce, reuse, and recycle. But what has come so far with Microsoft is a very good start.