Amazon will increase its efforts to reduce climate impact, CEO Jeff Bezos announced on Thursday. The company will order 100,000 electric delivery cars from Michigan's Rivian as part of that commitment, Bezos said. The trade giant will try to reach its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040 – 10 years earlier than outlined by the UN Paris Agreement .
Bezos said at an event at the National Press Club in Washington announcing the announcement that the updated timeline is due to the increase in climate change, which has been more aggressive than even some of the more severe forecasts predicted five years ago, while the Paris Agreement was reached.
Amazon's overall efforts to make the company carbon neutral have come together under a plan the company calls "Climate Commitment," which will also be open to other companies. In addition to efforts such as the Rivian order for emissions-free delivery vehicles, Amazon will also seek to reduce its footprint in other ways, including solar energy and carbon offsets.
Rivian noted that this was the largest order to date for any electric delivery cars, and that they would actually start distributing for Amazon starting in 2021
Rivian also plans to build and ship consumer vehicles, including the all-electric pickup truck and SUV it revealed late last year, which it aims to begin delivering to customers in 2020.