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·         Amazon’s “climate pledge” commits to net zero carbon emissions by 2040 and 100% renewables by 2030

·         EDF: Jeff Bezos’ "Climate Pledge" is, at last, a milestone step forward

·         1,000 Amazon employees plan walkout Friday, saying company's climate pledge isn't enough



Amazon’s “climate pledge” commits to net zero carbon emissions by 2040 and 100% renewables by 2030


Jonathan Shieber, TechCrunch 

September 19, 2019


In Washington today, Amazon announced a series of initiatives and issued call for companies to reduce their carbon emissions ten years ahead of the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement as part of sweeping effort to reduce its own environmental footprint.


“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,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and chief executive, in a statement. “If a company with as much physical infrastructure as Amazon—which delivers more than 10 billion items a year—can meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early, then any company can.”


Bezos’ statement comes as employees at his own company and others across the tech industry plan for a walkout on Friday to protest inaction on climate change from their employers.


Amazon’s initiatives include an order for 100,000 delivery vehicles to Rivian, a company in which Amazon has previously invested $440 million.


Electric vans will appear on roads by 2021 and Amazon expects to have 10,000 of the new electric vehicles on the road by 2022 and 100,000 by 2030. The fleet is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 4 million metric tons per year by 2030, the company said.


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Jeff Bezos’ "Climate Pledge" is, at last, a milestone step forward

EDF statement from Elizabeth Sturcken, Managing Director, EDF+Business


Elizabeth Sturcken, Managing Director, EDF+Business

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) - September 19, 2019


(WASHINGTON – September 19, 2019) Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos today revealed The Climate Pledge, an initiative to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years ahead of schedule. The announcement comes one day ahead of Amazon employees’ planned participation in global climate strikes.  


“Making an ambitious commitment is the first step for any company wanting to reduce its carbon footprint and make meaningful change. I’m encouraged that Amazon has joined leading companies like Walmart, McDonald’s, Tyson Foods, and others who have spent years implementing ambitious plans to reduce emissions in line with what the science says is necessary.


“Collaborating with other companies and across global supply chains is the second step – so it’s essential that Amazon delivers on this promise in order to scale and accelerate environmental results.


“There’s a lot of hard work ahead for Amazon – and the true climate leaders will emerge based on their ability to turn rhetoric into reality. One of the most immediate things Bezos can do for the planet is to use Amazon’s leverage on Capitol Hill. If Amazon uses its political influence to advocate for smart climate policy, lawmakers will listen.


“I’m also inspired by the Amazon employees whose pressure brought the issue of climate leadership to the forefront. We’re already seeing increased pressure on companies from investors and customers, but employee engagement from Amazon could be the tipping point that really moves companies towards meaningful climate action...


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1,000 Amazon employees plan walkout Friday, saying company's climate pledge isn't enough


By Jordan Valinsky, Nathaniel Meyersohn and Rob McLean, CNN Business

September 19, 2019


New York (CNN Business)Despite Jeff Bezos' announcement for plans to make Amazon carbon neutral by 2040, nearly 1,000 employees are set to walk out in protest Friday of what they say is their company's inaction on climate change.


The collective, known as "Amazon Employees for Climate Justice," said in a news release Thursday that while the "Climate Pledge" is a win for the group — it's not enough.


"The Paris Agreement, by itself, won't get us to a livable world," the group said. "Today, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we'll be in the streets to continue the fight for a livable future."


The group said on Twitter that it wants Amazon to "commit to zero emissions by 2030 and pilot electric vehicles first in communities most impacted by pollution."


"We should be leaders reaching zero first, not sliding in at the last moment," it said.


The group posted a letter online last week declaring that Amazon should lead on the issue because it's "one of the largest and most powerful companies in the world."


Friday's walkout comes as the Global Climate Strike begins on September 20. The Global Climate Strike is a week-long international event that encourages employees to walk out from their workplaces to raise awareness.


Amazon employs around 600,000 people globally, so the group is small. However, it's making big demands.


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