Amazon Buys 100,000 Electric Delivery Vans With Climate Pledge

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Shareholders voted down their proposal for Amazon to disclose a comprehensive climate change plan.

We know we can do it and we know we have to do it. We don't want this to be the tragedy of the commons.

"If Amazon can set ambitious goals like this and make significant changes at their scale, we think many more companies should be able to do the same and will accept the challenge".

Amazon and Ford Motor Co are among the investors in Rivian.

Amazon's commitment comes as part of The Climate Pledge, a joint movement with Global Optimism which calls on companies to join Amazon in its determination to reach net zero carbon a decade ahead of the Paris Accord's goal of 2050.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks during his news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019.

He also said the company was ordering 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from USA vehicle design and manufacturing startup Rivian Automotive LLC and would use 100% renewable energy by 2030, up from 40% today.

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Amazon is looking to speed packages to shoppers' doorsteps regardless of spikes in consumer demand or shortages of delivery personnel.

Amazon's announcement came one day ahead of a global climate strike; 1,500 Amazon employees are expected to walk out as part of the strike on Friday.

Bezos defended Amazon's work with oil and gas companies, arguing that "we need to help them instead of vilify them", and said Amazon would take a "hard look" at campaign contributions to climate deniers.

It is the largest order of electric delivery vehicles.

"Today, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we'll be in the streets to continue the fight for a livable future", the group Amazon Employees for Climate Justice said in a statement Thursday. Bezos did not put a total dollar figure on the efforts to decarbonize but said numerous efforts would save money. Last year, Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz said Amazon had become the biggest customer of its Sprinter vans, securing 20,000 vehicles for delivery contractors.

"We want to use our scope and our scale to lead the way", Bezos told a news conference in the U.S. capital, aiming to shake off the firm's reputation as a laggard on environmental issues.

A proposal that the company report how it plans to deal with climate change received only 29.8% of votes at the shareholder meeting, despite signatures in support from almost 7,700 employees.

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