The president of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, pledged on Thursday to return the carbon of the US technology giant and retail by 2040 and encourage other companies to do the same, to contribute to achieving the goals of the Paris climate agreement ten years ago.
“We want to use our scope and our scale to lead the way,” Bezos told a press conference in the US capital, in an attempt to rid itself of the company’s reputation as a late-comer in the field of environment.
Amazon announced its Climate Pledge initiative and announced that it would be the first signatory, as part of an emission reduction effort in line with the 2050 carbon neutrality goal of the Paris Agreement.
As part of the ramped-up effort, Bezos said Amazon had agreed to purchase 100,000 electric delivery vans from vehicle startup Rivian, to help cut its carbon footprint. The first vans will hit the road in 2021 with the fleet to be fully operational in 2030, Amazon previously announced a $440 million investment in Rivian.
Bezos´s announcement came the day before a global day of demonstrations to demand action on climate change, ahead of a UN summit on zero emissions on September 23.