Jeff Bezos Pledges Amazon To Meet Paris Climate Goals 10 Years Early

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On Thursday, the e-commerce giant unveiled and became the first company to commit to The Climate Pledge, which is calling on all businesses to achieve the net zero carbon emissions goals in two decades.

"We want to use our scope and our scale to lead the way", Bezos - the world's richest man - told a news conference in the USA capital.

Amazon announced its "Climate Pledge" initiative and said it would be its first signatory as part of an effort to reduce emissions in line with a 2050 goal for carbon neutrality set by the Paris agreement.

"We're done being in the middle of the herd on this issue-we've chose to use our size and scale to make a difference", Bezos said in a press release.

Amazon says its Climate Pledge would meet the Paris climate agreement 10 years ahead of schedule. The electric delivery van is a new, previously unannounced, vehicle for the company.

As part of the ramped-up effort, Bezos said Amazon had agreed to purchase 100,000 electric delivery vans from vehicle startup Rivian, to help cut its carbon footprint.

The deal follows a US$700 million investment in Rivian that Amazon led in February, with the online retailer making up the bulk of it with a US$440 million investment. So to reach the goal, the company is also investing $100 million in a reforestation fund, which will work to plant trees to pull the carbon out of the air.

Additionally, more than 1,000 Amazon employees have said they plan to walk out on September 20 as part of the Global Climate Strike, of which Google and Microsoft employees also plan to participate.

The group organizing the employee walkout, Amazon Employees for Climate Change, has been pressuring Amazon for nearly a year to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and detail how it's preparing to deal with business disruptions caused by climate change.

"I think it's totally understandable people are passionate about this issue", Bezos said, adding that Amazon would review its campaign donations.

Following Amazon's Climate Pledge, employees say Friday's protest will be held as planned.

Employees at major tech companies are using activism to pressure their employees to take a more active role in fighting climate changes. "We are excited to have others join". The company aims to have 10,000 copies of the vehicles on the road as early as 2022, and all 100,000 vans will arrive by 2030.

This will involve investments in wind and solar energy projects and initiatives to curb carbon emissions at its facilities including the second headquarters, HQ2, just outside the United States capital.

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