Jeff Bezos announced a corporate agreement to meet the Paris climate agreements 10 years early.
In Washington today, an agreement by companies to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement ten years early called Climate Pledge has been announced by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Amazon is the first company to join the pledge, agreeing to report its greenhouse gas emissions and hit net zero carbon emissions by 2040.
Through a statement, the founder and chief executive of Amazon said: “We’re done being in the middle of the herd on this issue—we’ve decided to use our size and scale to make a difference (…) “If a company with as much physical infrastructure as Amazon—which delivers more than 10 billion items a year—can meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early, then any company can (…) Meeting these goals is something that can only be done in collaboration with other large companies because we’re all part of each other’s supply chains. We’re signing up to help do that”, said Bezos.
In addition, TechCrunch reported that Amazon said it would commit another $100 million to reforestation projects through the Right Now Climate Fund in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. That fund will invest in the protection of forests, wetlands and peatlands that now serve as carbon sinks, which remove millions of metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere. The company also said it will speed up its adoption of renewable energy with the goal of converting 80% of the company’s energy sources to renewable energy by 2024, with the goal of reaching 100% renewable energy use by 2030.
Bezos’ statement comes as employees at his own company and others across the tech industry plan for a walkout on Friday to protest inaction on climate change from their employers.
How to start
According to The Washington Post, speaking to reporters on Thursday, Bezos said that increasing the speed of delivery can be one path to reducing carbon emissions. Same-day or one-day delivery eases reliance on air transportation, Bezos said. Having warehouses located close to customers means that products travel shorter distances, which can bring less carbon-intensive delivery times.