Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled a sweeping plan Thursday to tackle climate change, and committed the retail giant to meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement 10 years ahead of schedule.
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Bezos said the first electric delivery vans will be on the road by 2021, and he estimates 100,000 vehicles will be deployed by 2024. The move builds on Rivian's $ 700 million investment round in February, led by Amazon. Amazon has invested $ 440 million in Rivian, the announcement states.
Amazon will partner with companies in its supply chain to help them decarbonise and achieve the same goals outlined in the plan. It also plans to meet with other large companies to get them to sign the deal.
Dara O & # 39; Rourke, a senior researcher on Amazon's sustainability team, said the company built a "comprehensive" carbon accounting system to help it extract data from the various businesses.
"Amazon is as complicated as many companies overall," said O & # 39; Rourke. “It forced us to build one of the most sophisticated carbon accounting systems in the world. We had to build a system that had the detailed data, but on an Amazon scale. "
Bezos' plan comes as Amazon faces increasing pressure from employees to meet its environmental impact.
At Amazon's annual shareholders meeting in May, thousands of employees submitted a proposal asking Bezos to develop a comprehensive climate change plan and reduce carbon footprint, although it was eventually rejected. The proposal was built on an employee letter published in April that accused Amazon of donating to climate-lagging lawmakers and urging the company to move from fossil fuels.
In addition, over 1,000 Amazon employees said they plan to leave on Friday as part of the Global Climate Strike, with Google and Microsoft employees also planning to participate. The employee walkout represents the first strike at Amazon's Seattle headquarters in the company's 25-year history, according to Wired.
Asked about employee walkouts, Bezos said that while he doesn't support all Amazon employees' requirements, he said he understands why people are passionate about climate change. Among the specific requirements Bezos said he does not support is to terminate AWS & # 39; cloud contracts with fossil fuel companies.
"The global strike tomorrow, I think it's perfectly understandable," he said. "We don't want this to be the tragedy for the public. We all have to work together on this."
He added that Amazon is keen to look at its campaign contributions to determine if they include "active climate deniers." also intends to focus more lobbying in Washington on political solutions to climate change, Bezos said.
The company has taken previous steps to meet climate change, in February, Amazon announced it would make half of all shipments carbon neutral by 2030 more environmentally friendly packaging, use more renewable energy as wind power, and use electric vans for parcel deliveries.