Amazon has pledged to become net carbon neutral by 2040 and purchase 100,000 electric delivery vans, as the largest climate protest in history sweeps the globe.
Jeff Bezos announced a number of steps Amazon plans to take to reduce its gigantic carbon footprint during a press conference in Washington yesterday.
Amazon has now become the first major company to pledge to reach carbon neutrality by 2040, while stating it will meet the goals of the Paris Climate Accord 10 years ahead of the deadline.
Bezos added that Amazon will also use 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030, up 40 per cent from its currently levels.
In order to meet these pledges Amazon will buy 100,000 electric delivery vans from startup Rivian Automotive LLC, with plans to put the first electric vehicles on the road by 2021 and deploy them all by 2024.
It will also invest $100 million to restore forests and wetlands, while ensuring its political campaign contributions go towards politicians who do not deny climate science.
“What Amazon has announced today is groundbreaking and potentially game-changing,” sustainability group Ceres’ vice president of climate and energy Sue Reid said.
“This will certainly have ripple effects because Amazon is so intertwined with the entire economy.”