Amazon has invested in 26 new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects with a total power production capacity of 3.4 GW. The total investment in renewable energy in 2020 was 35 projects and more than 4 GW of capacity – the largest corporate investment in renewable energy in a single year. These new projects make Amazon the largest corporate consumer of renewable energy.
Amazon has now invested in wind and solar projects with 6.5 GW, with which the company can supply its operations with more than 18 million MWh of renewable energy annually. These projects will deliver renewable energy to the corporate offices, fulfillment centers and data centers of Amazon Web Services (AWS) from Amazon, which serve millions of customers worldwide. They will also help advance the company’s goal of zero net carbon emissions across the company by 2040. Part of that commitment is to have its infrastructure run on 100% renewable energy, and the company is now on track to meet that milestone by 2025. five years ahead of the original 2030 target.
“Amazon is helping to combat climate change by providing our businesses with renewable energy quickly,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. “With a total of 127 solar and wind projects, Amazon is the largest corporate consumer of renewable energies today. We are on track to have 100% of our business with renewable energy by 2025 – five years ahead of our original 2030 target. This is just one of the many steps we are taking to deliver on our climate promise. I couldn’t be more proud of all of the teams at Amazon who continue to work hard, smart, and fast to get these projects up and running. “
The 26 new wind and solar projects are located in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, Great Britain and the USA. In the US, Amazon has now enabled wind and solar projects in California, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. The company has a total of 127 renewable energy projects worldwide, including 59 utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy projects and 68 solar roofs in fulfillment and sorting centers around the world.
Last year, Amazon and Global Optimism jointly founded The Climate Pledge to achieve the Paris Agreement 10 years earlier and be carbon-free by 2040. The pledge now has 31 signatories including Unilever, Verizon, Siemens, Microsoft and Best Buy. To achieve its goal, Amazon will continue to reduce emissions across its operations by establishing a way to run its operations with 100% renewable energy. Delivering the “Consignment Zero” vision to provide all shipments with 50% net zero carbon by 2030; and purchase of 100,000 electric delivery vehicles.
You can find further information on Amazaon’s sustainability goals here.