Amazon launches new global clean energy projects to power operations

Amazon has announced it is funding 18 new wind and solar energy projects in the UK, USA, Finland, Germany, Italy and Spain.

The ecommerce giant currently operates 274 renewable energy projects worldwide and claims it is on track to power 100 per cent of its business operations with renewable energy by 2050, five years earlier than its original 2030 pledge.

With the 18 new installations, Amazon’s total renewable energy production capacity will hit 12GW and 33,700GWh when they are fully operational.

The projects will supply renewable energy for Amazon’s corporate offices, fulfilment centres and Amazon Web Services data centres.

They will also help the online retailer meet its commitment to produce the clean energy equivalent of the electricity used by all consumer Echo devices sold.

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“We are moving quickly and deliberately to reduce our carbon emissions and address the climate crisis,” Amazon vice president of worldwide sustainability Kara Hurst said.

“Significant investments in renewable energy globally are an important step in delivering on The Climate Pledge, our commitment to reach net-zero carbon by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement.

“Renewable energy projects also bring new investment and green jobs and advance the decarbonization of the electricity systems in communities around the world.”

American Council on Renewable Energy chief executive officer Gregory Wetstone added: “Amazon is wasting no time demonstrating that they are fully committed to a clean energy future for all.

“At COP26, the world agreed we needed bigger and bolder ambitions around global carbon reduction from all sectors.

“With hundreds of renewable energy projects already underway, Amazon is a model for the level of urgency and action we need from the private sector to combat the climate crisis.”

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