Amazon Pledge to help with Paris Agreement on climate change
Online retail giant Amazon has made a pledge to reduce or offset its operational carbon emissions by 2040. They become the first to sign an agreement to commit to meeting the Paris climate agreement ten years early. The pledge also outlines Amazon’s plan to source 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.
The Climate Pledge has been drawn up in partnership with Global Optimism. It calls for all signatories to achieve net zero carbon across their businesses over the next couple of decades. They can achieve this by measuring emissions on a regular basis and by implementing proven decarbonisation strategies.
The decarbonisation achievement expectations are all in accordance with the Paris climate agreement. That agreement also calls upon governments and industry to
invest in efficiency improvements and renewable energy technology.
Amazon Makes Further Environmental Commitments
Amazon has also pledged to source 80% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2024. The company is also spending approximately £80 million on reforestation projects around the world. Such projects are crucial as the forests remove and process carbon from the atmosphere.
Other eco-friendly projects include using electric vehicles for its deliveries. The plan is to have 10,000 new electric vans on the road as early as 2022. Eventually they will have 100,000 electric vehicles delivering their goods by 2030.
If Amazon Can, Anyone Can, Says Amazon
Amazon’s founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, was bullish in his determination to set an example to other companies. Jeff Bezos said, “We are done being in the middle of the herd on this issue. We have decided to use our size and scale to make a difference. If a company with as much infrastructure as Amazon – which delivers more than ten billion items a year – can meet the Paris Agreement ten years early, then any company can.”
Mr Bezos also revealed that Amazon are not the only firm interested in such a climate change pledge. He added, “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 is time to invest in the products and services the signatories will need to meet their commitments.”
Guiding Amazon’s new sustainability pledge is a new website that will monitor the effects of their initiatives.
Many More Companies to ‘Accept the Challenge’
Amazon’s pledge was welcomed by the UN’s former Chief of Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, who said: “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.”
Ms Figueres is the founding partner of the Global Optimism organisation. The group aims to ‘precipitate a transformation from pessimism to optimism as a method of creating social and environmental change’.
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