Following the Paris Agreement, tech giant Amazon has stated their pledge to become carbon-free by 2040. 10 years before the Paris goal of 2050. But, what does this entail? As Amazon continues to enrol scooters and an electric vehicle fleet, is this goal attainable?
What is the Paris Agreement?
In 2015, an international agreement was approved by 196 Parties from a variety of countries. The Paris Agreement became legally binding and was put into effect on November the 4th 2016. Its main objective was to keep global warming far below 2 degrees Celsius and ideally below 1.5.
The Paris Agreement is a turning point in the global climate change process. It is the first time that a legally enforceable agreement unites all countries in the fight against climate change and in an attempt to adapt to its effects. The agreement requires countries, and their companies, to put forward environmentally friendly solutions to lower the planet’s carbon footprint, reporting on their efforts, results and achievements.
As aforementioned, Amazon is aiming to become carbon-free from 2040, which is a decade before the rest of the parties. This includes an enormous $100 million investment around the world in an attempt to lower their carbon footprint.
Latest Electric Vehicle Fleet News
For its fleet in the UK, Amazon has introduced its first-ever electric heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). The five all-electric cars are currently working out of Amazon fulfilment centres in Milton Keynes and Tilbury. The company is now employing an electric vehicle fleet that utilises battery power and zero-carbon emissions for deliveries. This will only continue to increase and expand across the country.
The five vehicles replace diesel HGVs, leading to up to 100,000 annual road miles that are powered by renewable electricity rather than diesel, reducing 170 tonnes of CO2e from being released into the atmosphere.
The first of nine electric HGVs that will be on the road by the end of 2022 will join the more than 1,000 electric delivery trucks now in use in the UK.
But, it’s not just the vans that are transforming into an electric vehicle fleet. Back in the Summer of 2022, Amazon announced the launch of its first UK micromobility hub in central London. This involves E-cargo bikes and walkers, working alongside the electric vehicle fleet, which will make around five million deliveries every year. And this is only in the Ultra Low Emission Zone districts.
Amazon has created new hubs around Hackney in an effort to electrify their delivery services in the country’s capital. This will help promote renewable energy by 2025 as the first step to becoming net-zero carbon by 2040.
Portable EV Chargers
As Amazon will only continue to increase its electric vehicle fleet, it is important to consider how this transportation network will continue to run. Consider portable EV chargers. This way, drivers can set up their own EV charging points when and where they need more charge. This means vans do not have to keep returning to base in order to charge their vehicle.
For an electric vehicle fleet, this could mean that drivers can make more deliveries at a time, improving overall efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Elite EV Charge
At Elite, our team of experts can deploy and set up portable EV charging points across the UK. We understand the importance of an electric vehicle fleet and want to ensure that there are enough chargers to meet the demands of businesses electrifying their transport means.