Amazon today announces that the company plans to invest more than one billion euros over the next five years to continue the electrification and decarbonization of its transport network in Europe in order to deliver to its customers in a more environmentally friendly way. , including more than 250 million euros in France. This investment also aims to boost innovation across the sector and encourage the development of public charging infrastructure, which more generally will allow the transport sector to reduce its emissions more quickly.
Amazon already uses several thousand zero-emission vehicles in its European operations, and this investment will add several thousand more to its fleet, accelerating the company’s progress toward its zero-emission goal.2 in 2040, ten years ahead of the target set in the Paris Agreement. With zero-emission vehicle, we aim for vehicles that do not emit any CO emissions.2 during their rolling phase.
” Our transmission network is one of the most difficult parts of our business to decarbonise and achieve net zero CO2there will be a need for significant and continuous investment says Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon. ” The deployment of thousands of utility vehicles, long-distance trucks and e-bikes will help us reduce our dependence on traditional fossil fuels and hopefully further encourage the transport and car manufacturing sectors in Europe and around the world to redouble our efforts and continue to innovate , as we must all work together to achieve our climate goals. »
This investment will enable the development of delivery with electric vans, cargo bikes and delivery vans on foot in many cities in Europe
Amazon already has more than 3,000 electric vans delivering packages to customers across Europe and, with the investment announced today, expects its fleet to grow to more than 10,000 by 2025.
Amazon has inaugurated micro-mobility hubs in more than 20 European cities, including Paris, Lyon and Nice, and plans to be present in twice as many municipalities by the end of 2025. Micromobility hubs are smaller delivery depots located in city centres. In European cities, which are traditionally dense, these hubs allow Amazon to favor new delivery methods, such as cargo bikes or delivery on foot, in order to deliver to its customers in a more environmentally responsible way. Micromobility hubs mean fewer conventional vans on the road, helping to reduce city center congestion and improve air quality.
In addition to these new utilities and micromobility hubs and vehicles, Amazon will also invest in the rollout of several thousand charging stations in its European locations. Thanks to this investment, the company and its partners will be able to improve the charging infrastructure for their respective fleets.
Amazon is strengthening its fleet of electric trucks and developing strategic infrastructure to decarbonize long-haul trucking
Long-distance transport is a difficult sector to decarbonise due to the size and weight of trucks and trailers and the significant distances to be covered. Electric trucks are a promising technology, but their production and the availability of charging infrastructure remain limited. Amazon now has five electric trucks on the road in the UK and will have 20 in Germany by the end of the year.
Amazon is using its options to help encourage greater production of electric heavy-duty trucks, which will allow the company and others to phase out diesel trucks more quickly. As part of the investment announced today, Amazon plans to purchase and install more than 1,500 electric heavy-duty vehicles in its European fleet, including more than 300 in France in the coming years.
To supply them, Amazon will build several hundred specialized fast chargers into its logistics network in Europe that can recharge vehicles in about two hours.
Amazon now has more than 100 renewable energy projects in Europe
Amazon is on track to run its business on 100% renewable energy by 2025 and has already passed 85% by 2021. This goal applies to all of Amazon’s operations: data centers, logistics sites, physical stores and offices, including on-site charging stations. Amazon now has more than 100 renewable energy projects across Europe, including 5 on-site solar projects or off-site solar or wind farms in France.