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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Pledges Company Will Be Carbon Neutral by 2040

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Pledges Company Will Be Carbon Neutral by 2040

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Amazon chief Jeff Bezos pledged Thursday to make the US technology and retail giant carbon neutral by 2040 and encourage other firms to do likewise, in a bid to help meet the goals of the Paris climate accord 10 years early.

“We want to use our scope and our scale to lead the way,” Bezos told a news conference in the US capital, aiming to shake off the firm’s reputation as a laggard on environmental issues.

Amazon announced its “Climate Pledge” initiative and said it would be its first signatory, as part of an effort to reduce emissions in line with a 2050 goal for carbon neutrality set by the Paris agreement.

“We’re done being in the middle of the herd on this issue,” Bezos said.