NORMAL, Ill. — Amazon announced its new “Climate Pledge” initiative, a commitment to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early.
Thursday, the business giant announced that along with Global Optimism, the Climate Pledge is calling on signatories to be net-zero carbon across their businesses by 2040, which is a decade ahead of the Paris Accord’s goal of 2050.
Part of this, Amazon said, is by ordering 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Rivian, which has a manufacturing plant in Normal. Rivian produces emissions-free electric vehicles. The $440 million investment will accelerate the production of electric vehicles critical to reducing emissions from transportation, Amazon said.
Amazon said it plans to have 10,000 of the new electric vehicles on the road as early as 2022 and all 100,000 vehicles on the road by 2030 – saving four million metric tons of carbon per year by 2030.
Companies that sign the Climate Pledge agree to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions regularly and implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through real business changes and innovations.