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Amazon expands clean energy initiatives in Europe with 39 projects

Written by Thu 26 Oct 2023

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Amazon has added 39 new renewable energy projects in Europe in 2023, contributing over 1GW of clean energy to European grids.

The technology company said it has enabled over 160 wind and solar projects throughout 13 countries in Europe.

Amazon’s latest projects include rooftop solar projects in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, and Belgium. New utility-scale solar and wind projects will also be established in the UK, Germany, Finland, Spain, Sweden. The company will also establish its first solar farm in Greece following its first utility-scale solar farm in Poland last year.

“Amazon is helping to provide new sources of clean energy to local grids, creating jobs, and supporting local businesses,” said Lindsay McQuade, Director of Energy for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) at Amazon.

Once all projects are operational, they are expected to generate 5.8GW of clean energy capacity. This is enough to power over 4.7 million European households every year.

Amazon is investing in these countries with the aim to speed up the transition from fossil fuels and promote the decarbonisation ofenergy grids.

The technology company aims to power its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025, five years sooner than its initial 2030 goal. Operations include AWS data centres, fulfilment centres, and stores.

Amazon’s ambitions align with the EU’s goal of climate neutral data centres by 2030. The European Commission recently established tighter energy reporting requirements for data centre operators and owners.

In 2022, 90% of Amazon’s global electricity consumption was said to be powered by renewable energy sources. Amazon has held the position of Europe’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy since 2021 due to the company’s investment in solar and wind projects.

“Corporate investment is an important catalyst to help transition toward a clean energy future, and we look forward to continuing to work with governments, local communities, and energy providers across Europe to deliver more renewable energy into local grids,” said McQuade.

Between 2014 and 2022, Amazon’s European wind and solar farms generated around £2 billion ($2.4 billion) in investment in Europe, and contributed over £631 million ($762 million) to the region’s GDP. In 2022, these projects supported more than 3,900 full-time equivalent jobs.

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Written by Thu 26 Oct 2023

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