Amazon moves towards greener future with climate-friendly program

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Global eCommerce giant Amazon has introduced a climate-friendly program to help clients to shop for sustainable goods. This initiative was proposed as part of the commitment of the company to be net carbon neutral by 2040.

More than 25,000 products will be available for consumers ranging from household commodities, grocery, fashion products, and personal electronic goods with a ‘Climate Pledge Friendly’ label.

Jeff Bezos, Chief Executive Officer, Amazon said, “With 18 external certification programs and our Compact by Design certification, we’re incentivizing selling partners to create sustainable products that help protect the planet for future generations”.

Amazon, which sells nearly 10 billion products a year and has a large presence in transportation and data centers, faced environmental activists’ protests and was under pressure from its workforce to take action on climate change.

In June, the company announced that it will launch the Climate Pledge Fund, a $2 billion venture capital fund to invest in businesses across sectors to help reduce the effects of climate change and encourage sustainable growth.

Company CEO, Bezos vowed to make Amazon net carbon-free by 2040 last year by signing the climate pledge, in which the firm would meet the Paris climate agreement goals 10 years ahead of schedule.

Amazon is the first major multinational company to declare such a future goal.

Earlier the company had placed an order to purchase 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Rivian Automotive Limited Liability Company, a U.S. vehicle design and manufacturing start-up. He expected that the 100,000 Rivian vans will be on the road by 2024.