Amazon pledges to 100% renewable energy by 2030
Seattle-based Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants to show the world that his company cares about the climate after revealing to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that Amazon has developed a new “climate-focused” policy that will meet the Paris Climate Agreement 10 years ahead of the accords original schedule of 2050.
The Paris Climate agreement was written in 2015 that brings “all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so,” according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
According to National Public Radio (NPR), Amazon pledged to redesign its global infrastructure to emit 100% renewable energy by the year 2030 and to also be carbon-neutral by 2040. To achieve this, Bezos said the company plans to buy 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian, a Michigan-based company that Amazon previously invested in.
To initiate the process, CNBC reported the company will soon integrate an in-house fleet of carbon-neutral delivery trucks, cutting millions of metric tons of carbon emissions per year.
"It's a difficult challenge for us because we have a deep large physical infrastructure. We're not only moving information around ... we deliver more than 10 billion items a year," Bezos told reporters at the National Press Club, according to NPR. "And so we can make the argument — and we plan to do so passionately — that if we can do this, anyone can do this."