Amazon announces more signatories to Climate Pledge

  • World
  • Friday, 25 Sep 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Amazon and Global Optimism announced on Thursday that Best Buy, McKinstry, Real Betis, Schneider Electric, and Siemens have joined The Climate Pledge, a commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040.

The Climate Pledge is a commitment co-founded by Amazon and Global Optimism in September 2019, calling on signatories to take urgent action to meet the Paris Agreement pledge 10 years early. Global Optimism is an enterprise to catalyse transformative actions in the world in tackling the climate crisis.

The new signatories to The Climate Pledge agree to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis, implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through real business changes and innovations, neutralize any remaining emissions with additional offsets to achieve net-zero annual carbon emissions by 2040, Amazon said.

"From hurricanes to forest fires, climate change is leading to very real, negative impacts to our daily lives even sooner than scientists expected... We welcome these new Climate Pledge signatories who are stepping up and committing to reaching net-zero carbon by 2040," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO.

"We are proud to take the next step by committing to The Climate Pledge. Simply put, our customers and employees expect this degree of commitment from us and the planet demands it," said Corie Barry, Best Buy CEO.

Best Buy's focus areas may include fleet electrification, energy efficiency, renewable energy investments, and the development of carbon offset projects, according to the announcement.

In September 2015, Siemens committed to achieving carbon neutrality for its global operations by 2030. "Today, we reemphasize our commitment to this goal and are looking forward to joining forces with other Climate Pledge companies to help ramp up global efforts," said Joe Kaeser, Siemens AG President and CEO.

To reach this objective, Siemens is focusing on green energy procurement, improving energy efficiency, decentralized energy systems, and the electrification of its car fleet, the announcement said.

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