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Microsoft datacenters in Sweden will be among the “world’s most sustainable”, CEO confirms

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella has today announced that the company’s datacenters in Sweden will be among the most advanced and sustainable in the world. Over time, Microsoft will continue to lower carbon emissions for the operations of these facilities.

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Last December, the company acquired land in the cities of Sandviken and Gävle in close proximity to Stockholm and its international airport, in total 130 hectares. Today, Microsoft confirmed that their ambition is to make these datacenters among the world’s most advanced and sustainable in the world through the use of renewable power but also working with innovative new concepts. Microsoft will also continue to lower carbon emissions for the operations of these facilities.

“We believe that this will be a lighthouse project for Microsoft but also for Sweden”, says Tomas Sokolnicki, investment advisor at Business Sweden. “The datacenter industry needs to find ways to limit its carbon footprint on a global scale. Our role is to identify opportunities for international companies to invest and expand in Sweden, so we are extremely pleased that Microsoft has found that our renewable power, infrastructure and environmental solutions will help them take the industry to the next level of sustainability”, he continues.

Sweden already boasts 97% fossil-free power production.  The country’s central location in the Nordics, combined with its large base of multinational companies, a thriving start-up sector and a large public sector all driving digital transformation, provide an attractive growth platform for technology-driven companies. This makes the country one of Europe’s most ideal locations for companies to invest in or expand their operations.

Efforts to support and facilitate the site selection process and acquisition of land in Gävle and Sandviken has been a close collaboration between Business Sweden, Vattenfall, Invest Stockholm and Invest in Gävleborg and the local teams in Gävle and Sandviken.

You can meet the above organisations at Datacloud Global Congress in Monaco, on June 4-6.

For additional information please contact:
Elisabeth Somp, Head of Media relations, Business Sweden
Mobile: +46 72 540 93 38 E-mail: elisabeth.somp@business-sweden.se

About Business Sweden
Business Sweden’s purpose is to help Swedish companies grow global sales and international companies invest and expand in Sweden. Business Sweden is owned by the Swedish Government and the industry, a partnership that offers access to contacts and networks at all levels.

29 May 2019