Amazon and Google’s climate change commitments can’t save the planet – Axios
- And get ready for more pledges around the UN climate conference Monday and the annual Climate Week NYC that begins the same day.
The big picture: The White House pullback combined with growing public and investor pressures have triggered new climate pledges and policies by “subnational” players — cities, states and companies.
- But a newly updated analysis of thousands of these efforts shows that while they’re consequential when carried out, they don’t replace — at all — the need for stronger national-level emissions policies.
- Still, these efforts could provide a significant boost to country-level plans and policies.
What they found: The report, which is from multiple organizations including the NewClimate Institute and Data-Driven EnviroLab, says global emissions in 2030 would be 1.2-2 gigatonnes of CO2-equivalent lower than national policies alone if plans by “subnational” players in the world’s 10 largest economies are fully implemented.
- That’s roughly equivalent to Canada and Japan’s combined emissions in 2016, the study notes.
Catch up fast: Despite the pessimism, here’s a look at what Amazon and Google actually rolled out …
- Amazon: The company vowed to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2040; power its facilities and operations with 100% renewable energy by 2030; and buy 100,000 electric delivery vans.
- Google: The company announced a 1.6-gigawatt package of renewable power deals in the U.S., South America and Europe that the tech behemoth is calling the “biggest corporate purchase of renewable energy in history.”
- By the way, Google says it already procures enough renewable power to match its annual electricity consumption. But that doesn’t mean Google operations are using carbon-free power all the time, something the company hopes to achieve eventually.