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Amazon’s Bezos Pledges to Meet Paris Climate Pact 10 Years Early

Company plans to buy 100,000 Rivian electric delivery vehicles and become net carbon neutral by 2040.

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Amazon's Jeff Bezos Says Electric Delivery Vans Hit Road in 2021

Acknowledging a steady drumbeat of criticism from activists and a vocal group of his own employees, Inc. founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos announced the formation of a new organization, the Climate Pledge, to meet the goals of the landmark Paris climate agreement 10 years early.

In a joint press conference in Washington with Christiana Figueres, formerly the United Nation’s executive secretary for climate change, Bezos said Amazon will reach 80% renewable energy use by 2024 and 100% by 2030, up from 40% today. To help get there, Amazon has placed an order of 100,000 electric vehicles from a startup it has backed, Rivian Automotive Inc. The first Rivian vehicles will arrive in 2021.