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Amazon says it reached a climate goal seven years early

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🗞️ Driving the news: Amazon announced that it achieved its goal of using 100% clean energy seven years ahead of schedule
• The company invested in over 500 solar and wind projects globally
• Critics argue Amazon's calculations may be misleading

🔭 The context: Amazon claims its clean energy projects now generate enough electricity to power its data centers, corporate buildings, and other operations in 27 countries
• However, most of this energy feeds into general electricity grids
• The accuracy of Amazon's clean energy use is questioned due to reliance on renewable energy certificates (RECs)

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Achieving significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions is crucial for mitigating climate change
• Amazon's commitment to renewable energy could influence other large corporations
• However, the effectiveness of RECs in truly reducing emissions remains controversial

⏭️ What's next: Amazon aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions for all its operations by 2040 Ongoing investments in renewable energy are essential to meet this goal
• The company faces pressure to be transparent and verifiable in its environmental impact reporting

💬 One quote: “That’s quite an achievement for us,” said Kara Hurst, Amazon's vice president of worldwide sustainability, regarding reaching the clean energy goal early

📈 One stat: The clean energy projects Amazon invested in can produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of 7.6 million U.S. homes

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