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Amazon aims to meet requirements of the Paris Agreement 10 years early 19 September 2019

Orders 100,000 electric delivery vehicles that will start to deliver packages to customers in 2021

Amazon and Global Optimism announced The Climate Pledge, a commitment to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early. Amazon is the first signatory of this pledge. The Climate Pledge calls on signatories to be net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040, a decade ahead of the Paris Accord’s goal of 2050.

Amazon believes that if a company with as much physical infrastructure as it has, which delivers more than 10 billion items a year, can meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early, then any company can.

Amazon has been talking with other CEOs of global companies, and is 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.

By joining The Climate Pledge and agreeing to decarbonise on a faster time horizon, signatories will play a critical role in stimulating investment in the development of low carbon products and services that will be required to help companies meet the pledge.

Amazon’s previously announced investment in Rivian is an example of this. Rivian is a producer of emissions-free electric vehicles with its headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan and a manufacturing plant in Normal, Illinois. The US$440.0 million investment will accelerate the production of electric vehicles critical to reducing emissions from transportation. To further advance this goal, Amazon announced the order of 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Rivian, the largest order ever of electric delivery vehicles, with vans starting to deliver packages to customers in 2021.

Amazon plans to have 10,000 of the new electric vehicles on the road as early as 2022 and all 100,000 vehicles on the road by 2030, saving 4.0 million metric tons of carbon per year by 2030.

Two years ago, Amazon made a long-term commitment to power its global infrastructure with 100.0% renewable energy. Amazon is now pledging to reach 80.0% renewable energy by 2024 and 100.0% renewable energy by 2030 on its path to net zero carbon by 2040. Major investments in renewable energy are a critical step to address its carbon footprint globally. To date, Amazon has launched 15 utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy projects that will generate over 1,300 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 fulfilment centres and sort centres around the globe that generate 98 MW of renewable capacity and deliver 130,000 MWh of clean energy annually.

Amazon is also launching the Right Now Climate Fund, committing US$100.0 million to restore and protect forests, wetlands, and peatlands around the world in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. The Right Now Climate Fund will help remove millions of metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere over the lifetime of the project, and create economic opportunity for thousands of people.

Amazon has also 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.

The new goals, commitments, investments, and programmes build on Amazon’s long-term commitment to sustainability through existing innovative programmes, including Shipment Zero. This is Amazon’s vision to make all shipments net zero carbon, with 50.0% net zero carbon by 2030; sustainable packaging initiatives like Frustration-Free Packaging and Ship in Own Container, which have reduced packaging waste by 25.0% since 2015; renewable energy programmes; investments in the circular economy with the Closed Loop Fund; and numerous other initiatives happening every day by teams across Amazon.