Amazon joined the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions’ (C2ES) Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC). The online retail giant joined the council to work with mainly Fortune 500 companies to find practical solutions to reduce its carbon emissions and promote renewable energy development throughout its global operations.
“It has never been more important to bring business leaders together with policymakers to explore pragmatic steps toward a clean energy future. Our council members demonstrate every day that climate action can go hand in hand with competitive excellence and success,” said C2ES President Bob Perciasepe.
Established in 1998, the counsel consists of large US companies, including IBM, Shell and PG&E. Together they generate revenue of $2 trillion and employ over 3.5 million workers. The members have committed to implement corporate strategies to reduce emissions and increase sustainability practices in their companies.
Amazon has already committed to powering its operations with 100 percent renewable energy. In 2016 the company installed approximately 3.6 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy and became the largest corporate wind and solar purchaser in the US, it said.
Amazon's subsidiaries like Amazon Web Services are also adding in renewables. It partnered with Dominion Energy and Community Energy in Virginia to develop 180 megawatts of utility-scale solar farms to power its data centers throughout the mid-Atlantic. It also announced plans to install 41 megawatts of on-site solar at more than 50 of its fulfillment centers by 2020. At least 15 of those projects are expected to be online by the end of 2017.
“Amazon has shown through words and actions that business leaders take climate change seriously. The company has invested in wind and solar energy to power its businesses in the United States and globally, and has expressed public policy support for the transition to a low-carbon economy,” said Perciasepe.
Other BELC members have made significant progress toward reducing their carbon footprints as well. Most recently, JPMorgan Chase committed to 100 percent renewable energy at all of its banking operations worldwide by 2020. That company also plans to invest $200 billion to finance solar, wind and hydroelectric projects through 2025.Tweet