After revealing that Amazon has a carbon footprint that rivals that of a small country, CEO Jeff Bezos vowed to reduce the damage to the planet by cutting its use of fossil fuels.
Bezos’ ambitious plan commits the online shopping giant to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement 10 years early. He revealed the company has agreed to purchase 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian as part of that plan.
Bezos projected that 80% of Amazon’s energy use will come from renewable sources by 2024, and that Amazon commits to net zero carbon by 2040, and 100% renewable energy by 2030.
Amazon will also invest US$100 million in reforestation projects around the world to begin removing carbon from the atmosphere.
The announcement was made on Thursday, September 19, on the eve of the worldwide ‘Fridays For Future’ protest.