At a news conference this morning at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the creation of a new Climate Pledge that sets ambitious greenhouse gas emission goals for the tech giant and urges other companies to do the same.
The announcement comes amid a grassroots movement from Amazon employees pushing the company to take action on the issue, a day in advance of a planned walkout targeting climate change. It also follows through on Amazon’s earlier promise to address its environmental impact. Amazon is the first signatory of the agreement that calls on companies to reach carbon neutrality across their businesses within the next 21 years — a goal that’s a decade ahead of the 2050 deadline set by the Paris Accord.
“We’re done being in the middle of the herd on this issue — we’ve decided to use our size and scale to make a difference,” said Bezos in a prepared statement. “If a company with as much physical infrastructure as Amazon — which delivers more than 10 billion items a year — can meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early, then any company can.”