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Amazon targets to become 80% renewable energy-based by 2024

American multinational technology company 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 to the 2050 target set during the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The technology company plans to achieve the pledge by becoming 80% renewable energy-based by 2024 and 100% renewables-powered by 2050.

The firm has plans to increase its investments in renewable energy to address its carbon footprint.

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Amazon has launched 15 utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy projects that will generate over 1,300MW of renewable capacity and deliver more than 3.8 million MWh of clean energy annually – enough to power 368,000 US homes.

The company has also installed more than 50 solar rooftops on fulfilment centres and sort centres around the globe that generate 98MW of renewable capacity and deliver 130,000MWh of clean energy annually.

Furthermore, the tech company plans to invest $100 million in reforestation through the Right Now Climate Fund to protect forests, wetlands and peatlands in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

Another ambitious target by Amazon, include having 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. To this end, the company 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 (Visit the online platform here) 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 are agreeing to:

  • Measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis;
  • Implement decarbonisation 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;
  • Neutralise 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 issue—we’ve decided to use our size and scale to make a difference.

“If a company with as much physical infrastructure as Amazon—which delivers more than 10 billion items a year—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.”

Source: This article was originally published on our sister website Smart Energy International

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.