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Amazon targets private sector for carbon reduction

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Amazon is engaging a new partner in its effort to reach global net zero carbon emissions.

The e-tail giant is joining with We Mean Business, a nonprofit global coalition of 1,289 companies, to encourage private businesses to adopt more ambitious carbon emission reduction goals. Amazon and We Mean Business are advocating that companies take steps such as pledging to meet The Climate Pledge goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2040, mobilizing supply chains to take measurable action on climate change, and determining accountable means to integrate nature-based solutions in their climate strategies.

The Climate Pledge and the We Mean Business coalition will also provide resources and support to partner initiatives including TED Countdown, Race to Zero, and the Science Based Targets Initiative. Co-founded by Amazon and social/environmental change group Global Optimism, The Climate Pledge is a commitment to reach net zero carbon by 2040.

"The size and scale of the climate crisis demands that the business community joins forces and works together to invent, fund, and implement bold decarbonization programs to help protect the planet," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. "No one company can solve this problem on its own. We look forward to working with the We Mean Business coalition to encourage businesses around the world to accelerate their commitments to tackle climate change."

"The science is clear. We must hold temperature rise to 1.5º C and reach net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest," said María Mendiluce, CEO of the We Mean Business coalition. "Through The Climate Pledge, companies can go further, faster. With a commitment to collaboration and innovation, those at the head of the pack can reach net-zero emissions by 2040. To do that, we must accelerate supply chain action and develop a robust approach to Nature-Based Solutions. We are delighted to be collaborating with Amazon, who have shown bold leadership and deep commitment to tackling the climate crisis."



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