Amazon Boosts Its Renewables Portfolio With 18 New Projects
Amazon has increased its renewable energy procurement by 40% since 2020 and is embarking on 18 more wind and solar projects.
The company papers show that it has produced 5.6 gigawatts of renewable electricity in 2021, with a plan to completely power its operations with renewable electricity by 2025.
According to Environmental Leader, Amazon now has 274 renewable energy projects across the globe, which makes it the largest buyer of renewable energy.The wind and solar projects are part of the company’s Climate Pledge that includes making all shipments net-zero and purchasing for its delivery fleet.
These 18 renewable projects are the cherry on top of a busy year for Amazon’s sustainability goals.
Earlier this year, the company issued a $1 billion sustainability bond and continued with renewable packaging goals with its first cold chain grocery delivery products.
Amazon has also started accounting for the carbon emissions it displaces through its renewable energy program.
Once all the renewable energy projects are up and running, the company will be able to cut 13.7 million metric tons of carbon emissions a year.
While in the US, Amazon is investing heavily in solar projects, in Europe the focus is on wind power.
The wind and solar projects are part of the company’s Climate Pledge that includes making all shipments net-zero and purchasing 100,000 electric vehicles for its delivery fleet.
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