Petronas, Microsoft strengthen collaboration for decarbonisation efforts

The partnership also aims to establish a unified sustainability data hub to record, report and reduce emissions

by NURUL SUHAIDI / pic courtesy of Microsoft

PETROLIAM Nasional Bhd (Petronas)  and Microsoft Corp are strengthening their strategic partnership through a new renewable energy agreement and collaboration to co-innovate digital solutions that will support Petronas’ decarbonisation efforts.

In achieving this, its subsidiary — Amplus Solar — recently entered into a long-term agreement with Microsoft for a 100MW solar project currently under development by Amplus Solar in Rajasthan, India.

Both companies are collaborating to create the energy industry’s first Digital Sustainability Core, which will help to drive the effective use of digital technology that will enable environmental sustainability.

Petronas’ decarbonisation initiatives will be supported by a co-innovation effort aimed at developing an intelligent platform powered by data and artificial intelligence.

The partnership also aims to establish a unified sustainability data hub to record, report and reduce emissions.

According to Petronas senior VP of Project Delivery and Technology Bacho Pilong, this is one of its largest partnerships of renewable energy.

“This is also a testament to our innovation-driven projects and dedicated focus on enabling corporations to meet their sustainability goals.

“The collaboration also strengthens our common commitment to leverage digitalisation and technology to achieve sustainability’s triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.

“We hope this will spur and catalyse more cross-industry synergy to collectively bring forth a better tomorrow,” he said in a statement today.

As part of its environment, social and governance commitment, Petronas aspires to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by accelerating its efforts toward reducing Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions.

Meanwhile, Microsoft National Transformation Partnerships executive VP and president Jean-Philippe Courtois said this strategic partnership enables both companies to bring together deep knowledge and technical expertise to further digital transformation in the energy industry.

He believed that partnering with every industry to harness the power of technology is a step toward having a positive impact not only on the planet but also on communities across the globe.

It noted that in January 2020, to become carbon negative by 2030, Microsoft pledged to have a 100% renewable energy supply for all its operations 2025, including its data centres, buildings and campuses.

Meanwhile, commenting on the partnership, Microsoft Malaysia MD K Raman said this announcement builds on their longstanding partnership that now extends into sustainable business transformation.

“This strategic partnership will not only contribute to our own sustainability goals, but it also presents us the opportunity to apply the latest digital technology to support Petronas’ transition to a more sustainable future,” Raman added.