Climate Week brings together influential global leaders from business, government, and climate communities to discuss opportunities and challenges in climate action, in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly.
This year’s Climate Week focus is “Getting It Done,” and we will share our highlights and announcements from Climate Week throughout the week here, including new partnerships, investments, and progress towards our Climate Pledge goal to be net-zero carbon by 2040.
September 22, 2022
Amazon Donates $125K to Dream.Org to help increase diversity in the green economy
Amazon will donate $125,000 to Dream.Org to help the organization support Black, Latinx, and underrepresented Asian and Pacific Islander job seekers advance their careers in the green economy. This funding will grant up to 20 scholarships and encourage people from communities most impacted by climate change to benefit from the economic opportunities the green economy offers. Recipients can use the funds to help offset the costs of technical certifications, professional training, or college coursework to further their careers.
“Thanks to historic investments like the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, the green economy is due to receive billions of dollars in investments in the coming years. Those investments will lead to new jobs and economic opportunities. But too often, the people impacted first and worst by the health and climate impacts of the pollution-based economy, end up benefiting last and least from the health and economic benefits of green investments,” said Dream.Org Founder Van Jones. “Amazon’s support will enable us to provide resources for talented people from underrepresented communities to pursue and prepare for new career opportunities in the green economy.”
September 21, 2022
Amazon expands its renewable energy projects with firsts in Brazil, India, and Poland
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 U.S. homes each year.
September 20, 2022
Amazon is partnering with Infinium to help power its trucking fleet with low-carbon electrofuels
Amazon has signed an agreement with renewable fuels technology company Infinium to begin powering Amazon’s transportation fleet with ultra-low carbon electrofuels beginning in 2023. Infinium is expected to initially supply enough electrofuels, which are a fossil-based fuel alternative created with carbon waste and renewable power, to begin powering Amazon trucks in lieu of diesel fuel for approximately 5 million miles of travel per year.
September 19, 2022
Amazon will donate $10 million to help a million people get access to safe water
Amazon and Water.org are partnering to help launch the Water.org Water & Climate Fund focused on climate-resilient water and sanitation solutions that will result in lasting access for 100 million people across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In addition to launching this fund, Amazon’s $10 million contribution will directly empower 1 million people with water access by 2025, providing 3 billion liters of water per year in areas facing water scarcity.
September 19, 2022
375+ Companies commit to accelerating climate action
Amazon and Global Optimism announced today that The Climate Pledge has been signed by more than 375 companies—a milestone indicating the growing importance of more sustainable operations to organizations worldwide.
Companies that sign the Pledge recognize that there is no more “business as usual” when it comes to taking climate action. In April, the United Nations released a report that found increased corporate and government greenhouse gas emissions across all major sectors globally are pushing the planet toward a tipping point that could lead to “cascading and irreversible climate effects.”
“Companies that join The Climate Pledge are doing the hard work of measuring their emissions and implementing decarbonization strategies to help curb the devastating effects of climate change,” said Sally Fouts, head of The Climate Pledge. “What’s most exciting is the collaboration happening between companies—working together to find climate solutions that will help the world get to net-zero faster. We’re proud to welcome over 50 new companies that are tackling climate change.”
Each company that joins The Climate Pledge commits to taking responsibility for decarbonizing their businesses and reaching net-zero by 2040—10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement—which may include transitioning to renewable and clean energy solutions, investing in new green technology, or researching new innovations. As the number of companies who join The Climate Pledge increases, cross-sector collaboration opportunities expand and multiply in response to the current climate threat.
Signatories of The Climate Pledge agree to the following:
- 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, including efficiency improvements, renewable energy, materials reductions, and other carbon emission elimination strategies.
- Neutralize any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially beneficial offsets to achieve net-zero annual carbon emissions by 2040—a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement’s goal of 2050.
Since its founding by Amazon and Global Optimism in 2019, The Climate Pledge has amassed commitments from more than 375 companies across 53 industries and 34 countries, working together to tackle climate change.
Learn more about all 375+ signatories that have committed to The Climate Pledge and their progress and plans to decarbonize their businesses by 2040.