The Strategist

Companies increase climate commitments in the lead-up to Global Climate Strike

09/20/2019 - 10:21

The global climate strike, scheduled for September 20, is expected to be held in 160 countries. Employees from major global corporations will take part in the event: for instance, more than 15 thousand employees of Amazon and employees of Microsoft are planning to join the protest in New York.

Meanwhile, Head of Amazon spoke about the company's efforts to preserve the climate and the transition to green energy. According to Jeff Bezos, by 2040, Amazon should become completely neutral with respect to carbon emissions.

To fulfill its promise, the e-commerce giant said it had ordered 100,000 electric vehicles to reduce fuel consumption. The first will go into operation in 2021. The company said its goal was to achieve the goals set out in the Paris Agreement 10 years earlier.

On September 19, Google announced that it would make “the largest corporate purchase of renewable energy in history” by entering into a series of new deals in the field of solar energy production and other related destinations.

According to Sundar Pichai, the IT giant’s CEO, the agreements relate more than $ 2 billion of investments in energy infrastructure, including millions of solar panels and hundreds of wind turbines.

“Once all of these projects are operational, our carbon-free energy portfolio will produce more electricity than, for example, Washington, or entire countries such as Lithuania or Uruguay,” Pichai wrote on his blog.

Swedish retailer Ikea is trying to keep up, making every effort to switch to clean energy. On Thursday, the Ingka Group, which owns the majority of Ikea stores, announced that recent investments in wind and solar energy will enable the firm to meet its 2020 goal of producing renewable energy equal to consumption.

The company spent billions on wind farms and solar panels in its stores and said it had recently acquired a stake in two US solar parks.