Amazon is launching a number of sustainable projects in the MENA region, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt, as part of its commitment to its sustainability roadmap in this region. Amazon MENA operations are working to support the Climate Pledge, a global drive to achieve net-zero carbon across its businesses by 2040. This ambitious target is fully aligned with the Saudi and Middle East Green Initiatives, which aim to unify sustainability efforts in Saudi Arabia and the region to increase reliance on clean energy, offset the impact of fossil fuels and combat climate change.
Amazon aims to have all its fulfillment centers in the MENA region powered by renewable energy, in order to develop the local and regional clean energy sector. Two facilities in Saudi Arabia and Egypt are scheduled to adopt this technology by 2022. In addition, the company is working to strengthen its control systems, data, and analytics to improve energy efficiency across all facilities with the implementation of state-of-the-art building management systems.
Ronaldo Mouchawar, vice president of Amazon MENA, said: “We are proud to be operating in countries that have a heightened consciousness of the impact of climate change on future generations. As we embark on our path to a low-carbon economy a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement, I call on businesses in MENA to join us as signatories to the Climate Pledge. By agreeing to decarbonize on a faster time horizon, we will play a critical role in stimulating innovation, policies and investment that will help to tackle the climate crisis in our communities, our countries and our region.”
Amazon believes that solving the climate crisis is a shared responsibility with shared dividends, requiring collective action between businesses, organizations and governments.
The company has made ambitious commitments toward reaching its goal, including the deployment of carbon reduction strategies at every stage of the operations process — from the time an item is picked off the shelf in a fulfillment center, to the materials used to pack the item, and the transport that gets the package to the customer’s door.
Prashant Saran, director of operations for Amazon MENA, said: “We understand that human-induced climate change is real, serious, and requires immediate action. As we continue to grow in the region, our MENA sustainability roadmap embodies Amazon’s commitment toward building an environmentally sustainable business and supporting the communities where we live and work.”