British oil and gas company BP has agreed to supply Microsoft with renewable energy to help meet the tech giant’s 2025 ‎renewable energy goals.

In return, Microsoft will give BP access to its Azure cloud services. BP uses these for digital twin production, data analytics, security and other digital purposes.

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Both the companies have agreed to work as strategic partners to further digital transformation ‎in energy systems and advance net zero carbon goals.

‎ BP regions, cities and solutions executive vice-president William Lin said: “BP is determined to get to net-zero and to help the world do the same. No one can do it alone – ‎partnerships with leading companies like Microsoft, with aligned ambitions, are going to be key to ‎achieving this.

“By ‎bringing our complementary skills and experience together, we are not only helping each other ‎achieve our decarbonization ambitions but also creating opportunities to support others on their ‎journey towards reducing carbon emissions.”‎

The renewable energy supplied by BP will power Microsoft datacenters across regions including the US, Europe and Latin ‎America. Microsoft aims to use 100% renewable energy goal by 2025, while BP aims to go net-zero by 2050.

The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding. Under this the two parties agreed to focus on four areas: smart and clean cities, clean energy parks, consumer energy, and industrial internet of things solutions.

Microsoft Worldwide Commercial Business executive vice-president Judson Althoff said: ‎”BP shares our vision for a net-zero carbon future, and we are committed to working together to ‎drive reductions in carbon emissions and fulfil demand with new renewable energy sources.

“A ‎strategic partnership such as this enables each organization to bring its unique expertise for industry-leading change and the potential to positively impact billions of lives around the world.”‎

In 2019, Vattenfall agreed to support Microsoft’s plans to power its new data centres in Sweden with 100% renewable energy.