div>Amazon is expanding its renewable energy investments with 71 new renewable energy projects around the world, including its first renewable energy project in South America, a solar farm in Brazil, and its first solar farms in India and Poland. Once fully operational, Amazon’s global renewable energy portfolio will generate 50,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of clean energy, which is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power 4.6 million homes in the United States each year.
“We are bringing new wind and solar projects online to power our offices, logistics centers, data centers and stores, which collectively serve millions of customers around the world, and we are well on our way to achieving 100% renewable energy across the country. our business by 2025, “said Adam Selipsky, CEO of Amazon Web Services.” Around the world, countries are trying to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy and continued investments like ours can help accelerate their journey as we all work together to mitigate the impacts of climate change. “
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As the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy globally, Amazon now has a total of 379 renewable energy projects in 21 countries, including 154 wind and solar farms and 225 rooftop solar projects, representing 18.5 gigawatts (GW). of renewable energy capacity. By the end of 2021, the company had achieved 85% renewable energy across its entire business.
Amazon continues to successfully enable projects in power grids around the world, including:
- In the Asia-Pacific region, Amazon announces the company’s first three large-scale projects in India. All three are solar projects in Rajasthan, representing 420 megawatts (MW) of clean energy capacity. Amazon is growing rapidly in India and these first investments play a vital role in reducing our carbon emissions in the country. In the Asia-Pacific region, the company now has a total of 57 renewable energy projects.
- In Europe, Amazon now has 117 renewable energy projects. Amazon announces its first rooftop solar projects in France and Austria and its first solar park in Poland. Amazon’s investment in its first industrial-scale project in Poland is one of the largest corporate solar deals announced to date in the country. With this commitment, Amazon is contributing directly to the Polish government’s goal of increasing renewable energy on its grid. Corporate support for new renewable energy projects like Amazon’s helps open the market for more wind and solar farms and accelerates grid decarbonisation.
- In North America, Amazon is adding 1 GW of clean energy capacity to the Southeastern United States, including the company’s first two renewable energy projects in Louisiana. The company now has a total of 202 projects across North America.
- In South America, Amazon announces its first renewable energy project, a 122 MW solar farm in Brazil. In addition to providing renewable energy to Amazon’s operations in the region, this project will also provide economic benefits to the local economy and biodiversity in the region. The project includes an investment of $ 380,000 (R $ 2 million) in environmental programs during construction to protect and promote biodiversity. It is estimated that the project will create 850 jobs during the construction phase, with an additional 30 permanent jobs once the project is operational.
To help scale the benefits of investing in renewable energy as it continues to grow, Amazon is also working through the Institute for Clean Energy Buyers (CEBI) Beyond the Megawatt initiative to ensure that industry maximizes the economic, environmental and social impact of energy supply.
“As a key leader in the CEBA community, Amazon continues to demonstrate that when it commits to a vision, it drives a pace and scale that represent a new bar to follow,” said Miranda Ballentine, CEO of Clean Energy Buyers Association (CEBA) and Clean Energy Buyers Institute (CEBI). “Amazon also continues to lead not only in deploying today’s clean energy procurement tools on a large scale, but also in leading its community of peers and partners in developing tomorrow’s clean energy solutions, whether it focuses on ensuring that renewable energies have sustainable supply chains or on expanding the impact of clean energy through next-generation supply tools.
“With its major solar projects announced in Poland and France, Amazon has taken crucial steps towards its zero net commitment while supporting Europe’s climate goals,” said Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of Solar Power Europefounding member of RE-Source platform. “As Europe faces skyrocketing energy prices, solar and renewable energy deals will strengthen Amazon’s strategic resilience – we hope to see more companies follow Amazon’s lead.”
Amazon co-founded Commitment to the climate in 2019, pledging to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2040, 10 years before the Paris Agreement. The Pledge now has more than 375 signatories, including Best Buy, IBM, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Siemens, Unilever, Verizon and Visa. Amazon also ordered 100,000 electric delivery vehicles, the largest ever order of electric delivery vehicles and began distributing them in the United States. The company is also investing $ 2 billion in developing decarbonisation services and solutions The climate fund.
Learn more about it Amazon’s sustainability efforts.