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Amazon vows to be carbon neutral by the year 2040, the purchase of 100 000 electric delivery vehicles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, on Thursday, committed the company is to be carbon neutral by the year 2040, and said that part of the premises, an order for 100,000 electric vans, from a start-up online retailer has to be invested in.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company’s distribution centre in Boves, France-September 18, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Reducing emissions is a challenging target for Amazon, which is worth 10 billion items per year and has a huge carbon footprint due to transportation. “We know that we will be able to do it, and we know that we have to have in order to do that,” Bezos said.

Bezos also announced a number of measures at a news conference in Washington ahead of Climate Week in New York next week, a global gathering of the world’s leaders in the business to find ways to help in the fight against climate change.

Bezos said Amazon will be in line with the objectives of the Paris climate agreement is 10 years ahead of schedule. The Trumpet of management, said in a June 2017 to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.

Bezos also said Amazon was on the order of 100,000 electric vans for the AMERICAN vehicle design and manufacturing startup, Rivian Automotive, LLC to and for the use of 100% renewable energy by the year 2030, an increase of over 40% at this time.

In the Amazon, and Ford Motor Co. are among the investors in the Rivian. Bezos said that the first electric-powered delivery vehicles to the Amazon, you will be on the road by 2021, and 100,000 will be used to bid for the 2024 games.

Amazon will invest $100 million to restore forests and wetlands, said Bezos, adding the company is taking a “careful look” at the political campaign contributions and it would be able to go to politicians who deny climate science.

Amazon previously said that it would be to make 20,000 vans and trucks from Mercedes-benz. Bezos has a total dollar figure on the effort to decarbonize, but that said, a lot of the effort that would save money.

“We’re in the middle of the herd on this issue, and we would like to move to the forefront,” Bezos said.

He promised he would try to convince you of a company, the chief executive officer to sign the “Climate Pledge.” Separately, a Rivian spokeswoman, declined to discuss financial terms, but said that the cars in front of the Amazon, and will be assembled in Illinois, and 10,000 on the road by the end of 2022.

Rivian is added, that when the fleet is fully deployed, it will save 4 million tonnes of CO2 per year.

In the past few months, a number of Amazon employees have called for the company to take action on climate change, and the employee of the actions that it is unusual for an online retailer. They do have a problem with Amazon’s cloud-computing deals with the oil-drilling business, and they have led to concerns in an open letter to Bezos, and the company’s most recent annual meeting of shareholders.

Bezos said Amazon would continue to work with the energy companies. “To ask the oil companies to do this transition using a bad tool, it is not a good idea, and we won’t do that,” Bezos said.

A proposal that the company report on how it plans to deal with climate change, received only 29.8% of the votes cast at a shareholders ‘ meeting, in spite of the signatures of support of nearly 7,700 employees. Some of the Amazon workers are going to be away from this Friday, in support of the global climate arena.

Report by David Shepardson; Additional reporting by Ben Klayman in Detroit, and Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco, editing by David Gregorio and Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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