Date
21 October 2019
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks about his firm’s sustainability efforts at a news conference in Washington, DC on Thursday. Photo: Bloomberg
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks about his firm’s sustainability efforts at a news conference in Washington, DC on Thursday. Photo: Bloomberg

Amazon vows to be carbon neutral by 2040

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos pledged to make the e-commerce behemoth net carbon neutral by 2040, responding to growing concerns around the world about climate change.

“We know we can do it and we know we have to do it,” Bezos said on Thursday.

Bezos announced a number of actions at a press conference in Washington ahead of the upcoming Climate Week in New York, a global gathering of world and company leaders seeking ways to fight climate change, Reuters reports.

Amazon will meet the goals of the Paris climate accord 10 years ahead of the accord’s schedule, and it will use 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, up from 40 percent today, Bezos said. 

The company also pledged to buy 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from US vehicle design and manufacturing startup Rivian Automotive.

Amazon and Ford Motor are among the investors in Rivian. Bezos said the first electric delivery vans for Amazon will be on the road by 2021, and all 100,000 will be deployed by 2024.

In other comments, Bezos said that Amazon will invest US$100 million to restore forests and wetlands.

The company will take a “careful look” at political campaign contributions it makes that could be going to politicians that deny climate science, he said.

Bezos vowed to try to convince other company CEOs to sign on to an Amazon plan, called The Climate Pledge.

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