Amazon invests in more clean energy to deliver on green promises • The Register

Amazon says it’s adding 2.7 gigawatts of clean energy capacity to its operations, spread across 71 new renewable energy projects worldwide, as it works towards becoming a carbon-neutral company by 2040.

The mega-corporation’s most recent renewable energy projects include the first it has been involved in in South America, India and Poland. Once operational, Amazon’s entire renewable energy portfolio will be capable of providing 50,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of clean energy, the company said, claiming that’s equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 4.6 million U.S. homes.

Adam Selipsky, CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS) business, said in a statement the company is on track to achieve 100 percent renewable energy across its business by 2025.

“We are bringing new wind and solar projects online to power our offices, fulfillment centers, data centers and stores that collectively serve millions of customers worldwide,” he commented.

Amazon likes to emphasize its green credentials and claims to be the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy. These deliver a total of 379 renewable energy projects, including 202 in North America, 117 in Europe, 57 in Asia-Pacific, but only one each in the Middle East, Africa and South America.

The announcement includes the company’s first major renewable projects in India, including three solar arrays in Rajasthan representing 420 megawatts of power capacity.

Amazon’s investment in Poland is believed to be one of the largest solar deals by companies in the country to date, and the company said it directly contributes to the Polish government’s goal of expanding renewable energy on its grid.

The installation in Brazil is Amazon’s first renewable energy project in South America, a 122MW solar farm that the company claims will bring economic benefits to the local economy and provide renewable energy to Amazon’s operations in the region. Part of that comes in the form of a $380,000 investment in environmental programs during construction to protect and promote biodiversity.

Amazon also works with the Clean Energy Buyers Institute (CEBI), whose managing director Miranda Ballentine offered warm words to the online souk.

“As a leader in the clean energy buyer community, Amazon continues to demonstrate that when it commits to a vision, it drives at a pace and scale that sets a new benchmark,” she said.

However, earlier this year the NewClimate Institute for Climate Policy and Global Sustainability released one analysis Claiming the climate pledges of 25 of the world’s largest companies, including Amazon, should not be taken at face value.

It states that the headline pledges made by Amazon, Deutsche Telekom, Enel, GlaxoSmithKline, Google, Hitachi, IKEA, Vale, Volkswagen and Walmart have “low integrity” and that many of these companies have in fact only committed to reducing their emissions by 40 percent on average, not 100 percent as their net-zero and carbon-neutrality claims suggest.

Last year, Amazon also drew ire for admitting it is The carbon footprint had increased by 19 percent in 2020, although it tried to argue that its “carbon intensity” had fallen because the CO2 Emissions have not increased as fast as business has grown.

As the reg pointed out At the time, the fact that it was polluting less per activity unit didn’t change the bottom line, “that means they’re polluting more this year than last year.” ® Amazon invests in more clean energy to deliver on green promises • The Register

Laura Coffey

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