Amazon Sets Record For 2022 Renewable Energy Purchases
Amazon’s 2022 renewable energy purchases were a record for a single company in one year and it shows no signs of stopping.
Amazon has announced that it increased its renewable energy capacity by 8.3 gigawatts (GW) in 2022 through 133 new projects across 11 countries. This brings Amazon’s total renewable energy portfolio to over 20 GW, the equivalent energy to power 5.3 million U.S. homes, from 401 projects in 22 countries.
Amazon remains the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy, setting a record for the most renewable energy announced by a single company in one year. The company is set to reach its goal of powering its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of its original target of 2030.
New wind and solar projects purchases add power to the grids that power Amazon’s operations, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers, Amazon fulfillment centers, and physical stores around the world.
The company announced new projects in Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Singapore, Spain, and the U.S., and broke ground on projects in Brazil, India, and Indonesia. With 401 projects globally, Amazon’s renewable energy projects are expected to generate 56,881 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of clean energy each year.
“These projects highlight the diversity of our renewable energy sources and showcase our ability to bring new technologies to new markets and further reduce the impacts of climate change.” said Adam Selipsky, CEO of AWS.
In North America, four new projects are underway totaling 918 MW of energy in Arizona, California, and Texas. A new solar project paired with energy storage in California allows Amazon to store clean energy produced by its solar projects and deploy it when solar energy is not available, such as in the evening hours or during periods of high demand.
Also in California, Amazon added its first on-site solar project at the Amazon Air Hub where employees pack and handle freight and conduct planeside operations.
Amazon co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, committing to reach net-zero carbon by 2040—10 years ahead of the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The Pledge now has nearly 400 signatories, including Best Buy, IBM, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Siemens, Unilever, Verizon, and Visa.
Amazon continues to transform its transportation network through electrification of its delivery fleet and sourcing alternatives to fossil fuels. The company currently has thousands of electric delivery vehicles from Rivian in more than 100 cities and regions in the U.S., more than 3,000 electric vans delivering packages to customers in Europe, and several electric vehicle partnerships in APAC.
The company is also investing $2 billion in the development of decarbonization services and solutions through The Climate Pledge Fund.
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