• Amazon has co-founded The Climate Pledge, a goal to meet the Paris Agreement ten years early.
  • The e-commerce giant is also committing to be net-zero carbon by 2040, and use 100% renewable energy by 2030.
“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,” says Bezos

“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,” says Bezos

Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, says the e-commerce giant has decided to use its "size and scale to make a difference" by co-founding a new climate pledge as part of a commitment to meet the Paris Agreement ten years early.

Amazon has become the first signatory of The Climate Pledge, which it launched in partnership with advocacy group Global Optimism yesterday (19 September). The Climate Pledge calls on signatories to be net-zero carbon across their businesses by 2040 – a decade ahead of the Paris Accord's goal of 2050.

"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," Bezos says. "If a company with as much physical infrastructure as Amazon – which delivers more than ten billion items a year – can meet the Paris Agreement ten years early, then any company can.

"I've been talking with other CEOs of global companies, and I'm finding a lot of interest in joining the pledge. Large companies signing The Climate Pledge will send an important signal to the market that it's time to invest in the products and services the signatories will need to meet their commitments."

Companies that sign The Climate Pledge agree to:

  • Measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis;
  • Implement decarbonisation strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through real business changes and innovations, including efficiency improvements, renewable energy, materials reductions, and other carbon emission elimination strategies;
  • Neutralise any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially-beneficial offsets to achieve net-zero annual carbon emissions by 2040.

"Bold steps by big companies will make a huge difference in the development of new technologies and industries to support a low carbon economy," says Christiana Figueres, the UN's former climate change chief and founding partner of Global Optimism. "With this step, Amazon also helps many other companies to accelerate their own decarbonisation. If Amazon can set ambitious goals like this and make significant changes at their scale, we think many more companies should be able to do the same and will accept the challenge."

Two years ago, Amazon made a long-term commitment to power its global infrastructure with 100% renewable energy. It is now pledging to reach 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy by 2030 on its path to net-zero carbon by 2040.

The business has also launched a new sustainability website to report on its progress.

In addition, Amazon is launching the Right Now Climate Fund, committing US$100m to restore and protect forests, wetlands, and peatlands around the world in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, and announced the order of 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Rivian, the largest order ever of electric delivery vehicles, with vans starting to deliver packages to customers in 2021. 

Amazon plans to have 10,000 of the new electric vehicles on the road as early as 2022 and all 100,000 vehicles on the road by 2030 – saving 4m metric tonnes of carbon per year by 2030.