Accenture, GitHub, Microsoft and ThoughtWorks Launch the Green Software Foundation

Accenture, GitHub, Microsoft and ThoughtWorks have launched the Green Software Foundation with the Linux Foundation in a big to put sustainability at the core of software engineering.

AccentureGitHubMicrosoft and ThoughtWorks have founded and launched The Green Software Foundation, a nonprofit organisation established with the Linux Foundation and the Joint Development Foundation Projects LLC that aims to build a trusted ecosystem of people, standards, tooling and leading practices for building green software.

The Green Software Foundation was created out of a mutual desire and need to collaborate across the software industry. Organisations with a shared commitment to sustainability and an interest in green software development are encouraged to join the foundation to help grow the field of green software engineering, create standards for the entire industry, and work together to reduce the carbon emissions of software. The foundation aims to help the software industry contribute to the information and communications technology sector’s broader targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

Data centres around the world account for 1% of global electricity demand and are projected to consume 3-8% in the next decade, making green software development an important priority.

Paul Daugherty, group Chief Executive of Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Accenture, said, “Sustainability is our greatest responsibility, and this is the decade that organisations must deliver on their promises to improve our communities and our planet. Accenture is proud to be a founding member of the Green Software Foundation and we look forward to collaborating with other organisations to evolve the culture of software engineering, so sustainability is embedded by design, contributing to a meaningful reduction in the carbon emissions of computing and making a positive impact on the environment.” 

Erica Brescia, chief operating officer, GitHub, said, “We envision a future where carbon-free software is standard—where software development, deployment, and use contribute to the global climate solution without every developer having to be an expert. GitHub is proud to be a founding member of the Green Software Foundation and we remain committed to building an environmentally sustainable home for all developers.” 

Mike Dolan, general manager and senior vice president, the Linux Foundation, said, “The software industry and open source software community have both the opportunity and ability to build digital infrastructure with the least possible impact to our environment. We are happy to support the Green Software Foundation and its mission to build a neutral ecosystem for collaboration on standards, tooling and best practices for green software.”

Brad Smith, president, Microsoft, said, “The scientific consensus is clear: the world confronts an urgent carbon problem. It will take all of us working together to create innovative solutions to drastically reduce emissions. Today, Microsoft is joining with organisations who are serious about an environmentally sustainable future to drive adoption of green software development to help our customers and partners around the world reduce their carbon footprint.” 

Guo Xiao, president and chief executive officer, ThoughtWorks, said, “Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges faced by humanity and the tech sector contributes a rapidly escalating amount of emissions. At ThoughtWorks, we believe that issues like climate change can only be resolved through global solidarity. Thus, in addition to taking action on our own footprint with our commitment to the Science Based Target Initiative, we are joining the Green Software Foundation as founding members to help our clients, partners and the broader industry drive towards a more sustainable future together.”  

The Green Software foundation will focus on the following three key areas:

  • Establish green software industry standards: The foundation will create and publish green software standards, green patterns and practices across various computing disciplines and technology domains. The group will encourage voluntary adoption and help guide government policy toward those standards for a consistent approach for measuring and reporting green software emissions.
  • Accelerate innovation: Nurture the creation of trusted open-source and open-data projects that support green software applications. The foundation will work alongside its non-profit partners and academia to support research into green software.
  • Drive awareness and grow advocacy: Encourage widespread adoption of green software across the industry through ambassador programs, training and education, which leads to certification and events to facilitate the growth of green software.


Alongside founding members, Accenture, GitHub, Microsoft and ThoughtWorks, Goldman Sachs and non-profits including Leaders for Climate ActionWatt Time and The Green Web Foundation have also joined The Green Software Foundation.

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Amber Donovan-Stevens

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