One day ahead of the global climate protests, happening this Friday (20th) in over 150 countries, Jeff Bezos announced his plans for Amazon regarding the matter: to meet the sustainability goals of the United Nations Paris Agreement 10 years early. Amazon’s CEO pledged that by 2040 the company will be carbon neutral.
Amazon is the first company to sign the Climate Pledge, an agreement drafted with Global Optimism, a company founded by the former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The big tech company had previously committed to making half of its shipments carbon neutral by 2030 and, among other pledges, to measure and report the company’s emissions on a regular basis, introduce decarbonization procedures, and balance remaining emissions by changing its business strategies. The information is from the media outlet CNBC.
“We want to use our scale and our scope to lead the way,” Jeff Bezos said at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “One of the things we know about Amazon as a role model for this is that it’s a difficult challenge for us because we have deep, large physical infrastructure. So, if we can do this, anyone can do this.”
In order to make those promises become a reality, the e-commerce giant has, so far, agreed to buy 100,000 electric delivery vans from vehicle company Rivian; and has donated $ 100 million to The Nature Conservancy to form the Right Now Climate Fund, a project to restore and protect natural ecosystems. Amazon launched a website focused on gathering all the company’s efforts and announcements regarding sustainability matters and climate change.