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Amazon announced ahead of Earth Day that it was the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in Europe. The company’s 206 renewable energy projects cover enough power for corporate offices, fulfillment centers, Amazon Web Services, and Whole Foods Market stores, NBC News reported.

“Many parts of our business are already operating on renewable energy, and we expect to power all of Amazon with renewable energy by 2025,” said  Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, in a statement. “With these nine new wind and solar projects, we have announced 206 renewable wind and solar projects worldwide, and we are now the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in Europe and globally,” he said.


With the European projects, Amazon became the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy. The company also has solar projects across the United States, in California, Ohio, and Oklahoma, as well as projects in Canada and Scotland.

“Wall Street, customers, and international businesses are all watching what American companies are doing about climate change, and this type of leadership can have a major impact on the climate crisis,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association.

The news comes after the National Labor Relations Board found Amazon illegally retaliated against two employees who criticized the company’s climate change efforts.

Amazon made headlines when its’ employees created a coalition called Amazon Employees for Climate Justice. 8,700 employees signed a letter asking Amazon to move from fossil fuels to renewable power. Many of those employees walked out during the Climate March. That same week, Bezos announced a new plan for Amazon to be carbon neutral by 2040 and have 100% renewable power reliance by 2030. Bezos made the news again in early 2020 when he pledged 10% of his fortune to fight climate change.

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