In 2019, Amazon co-founded The Climate Pledge—a commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across their business by 2040 and an open invitation for others to sign on to this new level of ambition.
As part of their path to the Pledge, Amazon has made significant commitments
toward reaching their goal in the areas of renewable energy, shipment zero (making 50% of all shipments net-zero carbon), and reaching net-zero carbon emissions across operations.
Renewable energy reached across the business in 2020
Tons of packaging material eliminated since 2015
We’ve decided to use our size and scale to make a difference.
Founder & CEO
Amazon made significant progress towards reducing the carbon intensity of their business activities in 2020 following their investments in large-scale, long-term decarbonization solutions. They also saw a decrease in the absolute emissions from purchased electricity—a result of their investments in global renewable energy projects that came online in 2020—despite increasing their buildings’ square footage to keep pace with business growth. By 2030, they aim to deploy 100,000 custom electric delivery vehicles.
Amazon is continually focusing on minimizing waste, increasing recycling, and providing options for customers to reuse, repair, and recycle their products. They are working to send less material to the landfill and more back into the circular economy loop. In addition, they’ve made significant investments to support other companies and subsidiaries to contribute to the change. Their co-founded 2019 Right Now Climate Fund invests $100 million in reforestation projects and climate mitigation solutions.
In 2020, Amazon launched The Climate Pledge Fund to support the development of sustainable and decarbonizing technologies and services. This dedicated investment program—with an initial $2 billion in funding—invests in visionary companies whose products and solutions will facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy.
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.
Founder & CEO
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