To achieve the carbon-neutral goal, Bezos has announced a new $ 100 million deforestation effort and a new order for 100,000 electric delivery vans to move away from diesel vehicles. Amazon is also committed to supplying its global infrastructure with 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% by 2030 – up from 40% renewable energy it uses today.
Bezos said he would reach out to the CEOs of other large companies who would join the agreement, saying cooperation was the only way to succeed because all the supply chains of these businesses are interconnected.
"We want to be leaders and role models," Bezos said on a small stage in front of a white banner "The Covenant on Climate." "We were in the middle of the herd on this. And we want to get to the forefront."
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with Amazon delivering over 10 billion packages a year, he said that effort would be a challenge. But if Amazon can make such changes, he said, other companies will be encouraged to follow. That work could also spark new innovation and business development in support of a greener economy, he said.
Bezos was joined onstage by Christiana Figueres, former head of climate change and a major partner of Global Optimism, to show her support for Amazon actions.
"This really is a state of emergency now," she said, "and we must work here with rigor and discipline."
The announcement at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, came one day before the start of global climate change. a strikein which people will protest for greater action to combat climate change. Among those planning to showcase Friday are 1500 Amazon workers organized by the Amazon Employees For Climate Justice group. Both events come just before the UN Climate Summit next week.
When asked about this strike, Bezos signaled his support for the demonstrations. "I think it's perfectly understandable that people are passionate about this and, by the way, they should be passionate about it," he said. "I'm passionate about this."
The Employee Group said Thursday in a statement : "Amazon's newly announced" Climate Bet "is a huge profit for Amazon's Climate Justice employees, and we're" thrilled with what workers [have] were able to achieve in less than a year. "
The statement adds that more needs to be done:" Today we celebrate. Tomorrow we will be out on the street to continue our fight for a life-long future. "
Bezos, the richest man in the world, has encouraged his company's numerous initiatives over the years. Amazon has funded a network of wind and solar power plants as part of a long-term goal to power its global infrastructure with 100% renewable energy.
Earlier this year, Amazon announced a new program called Shipment Zero, with a plan to sell 50% of all Amazon clean zero carbon shipments by 2030, possibly by offsetting the use of fossil fuels by other sustainability efforts. To track its progress, the company is committed to reporting its total carbon footprint by the end of the year. The company has also worked with Hasbro and other companies to create shippable product boxes, reducing the need for additional packaging.
The pledge on climate represents Amazon's most ambitious and ambitious climate effort to date.
Companies that join the new pledge promise to reach zero carbon by their net worth by 2040, a decade ahead of the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement for 2050. President Donald Trump in 2017 decided to withdraw the US of the Global Climate Pact, saying it was too burdensome for US businesses and workers.
As part of Amazon's new effort, Bezos said his companythe Michigan company that will make the new Amazon electric vehicle fleet. Amazon plans to have 10,000 of the new vans on the road just after 2022 and have the entire 100,000 fleets operational by 2030.
Bezos said that Amazon's move to more one-day major shipping should actually reduce emissions, saying that it will require
Amazon is not the only technology titan to promote its climate efforts, with Apple, Google and others pushing their work toward more renewables and reducing their carbon footprint. In addition, Amazon's move follows the "We're still in" campaign, in which hundreds of companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, Uber and eBay, have agreed to support the Paris Agreement after Trump's decision to withdraw.
But with more attention on climate change this year, Amazon is being called to do more. Hundreds of Amazon workers have already joined the employee climate group. As part of the strike on Friday, they urge the company to stop donating to politicians and lobby groups who deny climate change, limit their work with oil and gas companies, and reduce their carbon footprint to zero by 2030 – more specifically without using carbon offsets to achieve this.
Over 1,500 Amazon workers signed up for work Friday to push for more climate action. Separately, the Microsoft Workers 4 Good group said it would also join the demonstrations.
These protests will be part of a broader global climate impact, a student-led movement that will take place from September 20 to September 27, triggered by climate activist Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old from Sweden. The demonstrations take place at the United Nations Climate Summit on 23 September.
"I am inspired by Amazon officials whose pressure has brought the issue of climate leadership to the fore," says Elizabeth Storken in a statement Director of the Corporate Engagement Program of the Environmental Protection Fund. "We are already seeing increased pressure on investor and customer companies, but the commitment of Amazon employees – and now Microsoft – may be the single most important point that really drives companies toward meaningful climate action."
During a question-and-answer session with reporters, Bezos expressed his support for the work of the Amazon team, but said he did not agree with all of its goals. For example, he said Amazon would continue to work with oil and gas companies, saying such companies should have access to Amazon's tools, such as its cloud software, as they work to move to more sustainable practices.
He said Amazon would review its political contributions to find out if it was sending money to "climate deniers."
"I'm an optimist. I'm optimistic about all things, "Bezos said when asked if there was a positive outlook for the climate. "I truly believe that when ingenuity is turned on, when ingenuity is involved, when people are resolved, when their passion comes out, when they set strong goals, you can think your way out of any box."
First Published at 5 PM PT .
Updated at 8:32 am PT, 9:25 am and 4:35 pm: More details in Bezos's announcement, Amazon officials' comments on Climate Justice's comments and other efforts in support of Paris Agreement.