Chief Executive Officer of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, has declared that the tech giant will become carbon neutral and adhere to the objectives of the Paris climate agreement within the next 20 years.
Today, over 15,000 workers at Amazon are set to go forward with the walkout demonstration against the firm’s environmental history. This will be the first walkout from employees at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters.
Amazon Employees for Climate Justice tweeted yesterday, “Amazon’s Climate Pledge is a huge win for @AMZNforClimate & we’re thrilled at what workers have achieved in under a year. But we know it’s not enough. The Paris Agreement, by itself, won’t get us to a livable world. Today, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we’ll be in the streets.”
Bezos spoke of the climate pledge that any company can join. The hope is to reach the carbon neutral goal 10 years ahead of the proposed 2050 deadline in the Paris climate agreement.
Amazon’s ambitions to reduce greenhouse gases
To achieve this, Amazon is bringing in 100,000 electric delivery vehicles in an effort to lower fuel consumption, the first of which are planned to go into service within the next two years.
Amazon also runs a large amount of data centers and cloud computing services. Last year, data centers accounted for approximately one percent of global energy consumption, according to the International Energy Agency.
At the moment, around 40 percent of Amazon’s energy usage comes from renewable sources, although Bezos says that this will progress to 100 percent over the next decade. Amazon also plans to contribute $100 million to the restoration of forests and wetlands.
Additionally, the company will be monitoring carbon emissions on a regular basis.
“We want to use our scope and our scale to lead the way,” says Bezos.