Amazon boss unveils 2040 net-zero goals plus world’s largest EV order

Amazon has partnered with Global Optimism to launch the Climate Pledge, a commitment to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early.

Amazon is the first company to sign to the Climate Pledge, meaning it has set a target to become net-zero across its businesses by 2040, ten years earlier than the 2050 target set during the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Amazon plans to achieve the pledge by becoming 80% renewable energy-based by 2024 and 100 per cent renewables-powered by 2050.

The firm has plans to increase its investments in renewable energy to address its carbon footprint. Amazon has launched 15 utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy projects that will generate over 1300 MW of renewable capacity and deliver more than 3.8 million MWh of clean energy annually ” enough to power 368,000 US homes. Amazon has also installed more than 50 solar rooftops on fulfillment centres and sort centres around the globe that generate 98 MW of renewable capacity and deliver 130,000 MWh of clean energy annually.

Amazon has also invested $100m in reforestation through the Right Now Climate Fund to protect forests, wetlands and peatlands in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

The company is committing to 10,000 new electric vehicles on the road by 2022 and 100,000 by 2030. The EVs are expected to help Amazon avoid 4 million tons of carbon emissions by 2030. Amazon has ordered some 100,000 EVs from Rivian, the largest order of EVs ever.

In addition to the pledge, Amazon has launched a new sustainability website to report on its commitments, initiatives, and performance. The site includes information on Amazon’s carbon footprint and other sustainability metrics that share the progress the company is making towards reaching The Climate Pledge.

Companies that sign The Climate Pledge agree to:

  • Measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis;
  • Implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through real business changes and innovations, including efficiency improvements, renewable energy, materials reductions, and other carbon emission elimination strategies;
  • Neutralize any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially-beneficial offsets to achieve net-zero annual carbon emissions by 2040.

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, said: “We’re done being in the middle of the herd on this issueࢀ”we’ve decided to use our size and scale to make a difference.

“If a company with as much physical infrastructure as Amazonࢀ”which delivers more than 10 billion items a yearࢀ”can meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early, then any company can. I’ve been talking with other CEOs of global companies, and I’m finding a lot of interest in joining the pledge. Large companies signing The Climate Pledge will send an important signal to the market that it’s time to invest in the products and services the signatories will need to meet their commitments.”

Christiana Figueres, a founding partner of Global Optimism, added: “Bold steps by big companies will make a huge difference in the development of new technologies and industries to support a low carbon economy.

“With this step, Amazon also helps many other companies to accelerate their own decarbonisation. If Amazon can set ambitious goals like this and make significant changes at their scale, we think many more companies should be able to do the same and will accept the challenge. We are excited to have others join.”

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