Amazon announced today a series of 18 new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects across the U.S, Finland, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, aimed at enabling the company to power its operations around the world with clean energy, and solidifying its position as the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world.
The new wind and solar projects include more than 1 GW of utility-scale solar projects across several U.S. states, four new wind projects in Finland, and additional projects in Italy, Spain, and Northern Ireland.
The new projects will help enable Amazon to achieve its sustainability goals, including reaching net zero emissions by 2040, and powering 100% of company activities with renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of its original 2030 goal.
The announcements bring Amazon’s total committed renewable energy production capacity to more than 12 GW across 274 global projects, with 5.6 GW added this year alone.
The amount of clean energy produced by the new projects will avoid about 13.7 million metric tons of emissions annually, supplying energy for the company’s corporate offices, fulfillment centers, and Amazon Web Services data centers, equivalent to the annual emissions of nearly 3 million cars in the U.S.
Kara Hurst, Vice President of Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon, said:
“We are moving quickly and deliberately to reduce our carbon emissions and address the climate crisis. Significant investments in renewable energy globally are an important step in delivering on The Climate Pledge, our commitment to reach net-zero carbon by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement. Renewable energy projects also bring new investment, green jobs, and advance the decarbonization of the electricity systems in communities around the world.”
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