Net zero
Carbon By 2040

FIG 1A we’re at a crossroads
A pivotal moment in time
We live in a connected world

By
2040

It might sound ambitious—but that’s the point.

We see a connected world where technology, business, and collaboration can crack the climate crisis, meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement 10 years early.

Our Progress

  1. Climate Week NYC kicks off virtually
    Event

    Climate Week NYC kicks off virtually

    Hosted by Climate Group, the September 21-27 event is the biggest climate summit taking place this year.

  2. Event

    Better Together: The Climate Pledge

    Hear from leaders at Amazon, RB, Verizon, and Global Optimism on the power of companies (big and small) coming together to tackle the climate crisis. Moderated by GreenBiz.

  3. The Climate Pledge at TED Countdown
    Event

    The Climate Pledge at TED Countdown

    Amazon SVP of Worldwide Operations Dave Clark, Amazon Head of Sustainability Kara Hurst, and Global Optimism co-founder and steward of the Paris Agreement, Christiana Figueres, speak alongside leaders, artists, activists, and scientists, building momentum for the race to zero emissions.

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  1. Verizon earns 2015 Energy Star Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award
    Signatory achievement

    Verizon earns 2015 Energy Star Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award

    The EPA honors Verizon for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.

  2. Signatory achievement

    Infosys joins RE100 Renewable Energy Campaign

    The information technology corporation joins RE100—the influential group of companies committed to 100% renewable electricity.

  3. Nations approve landmark climate accord in Paris
    Global News

    Nations approve landmark climate accord in Paris

    Nearly every country globally commits to lowering planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.

  4. Talk

    Christiana Figueres gives TED Talk

    Figueres, steward of the Paris Agreement, tells the inside story of how she helped the world achieve the most important climate agreement in history.

  5. Global News

    Protesting a pipeline

    As cultural and environmental concerns rise, thousands of people come together to protest the controversial Dakota Access pipeline.

  6. Global News

    The comprehensive business case for sustainability

    Harvard Business Review concludes that a solid sustainability strategy is good for innovation, employees, and business.

  7. A reason to be optimistic
    Milestone

    Global Optimism founded

    Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac establish Global Optimism to continue their sustainability journey after leaving the UNFCCC.

  8. Sustainable Development Goals
    Global News

    The United States announces withdrawal

    President Trump announces that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

  9. UN Launches Sustainable Development Goals
    Global News

    UN Launches Sustainable Development Goals

    The United Nations publishes 17 sustainable development goals as a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all” by 2030.

  10. The world’s most sustainable companies, 2018
    Global News

    The world’s most sustainable companies, 2018

    Forbes releases its fourteenth annual report which shows how business developments and societal progress can go hand in hand.

  11. Signatory achievement

    RB joins RE100 Renewable Energy Campaign

    RB joins the influential group of companies committed to 100% renewable electricity.

  12. Saving the Great Barrier Reef
    Global News

    Saving the Great Barrier Reef

    The Australian Government invests $500M to protect the 348,000 square kilometer ocean world-heritage site.

  13. Signatory Achievement

    Verizon becomes the first US telecom company to issue a green bond

    The bond offering raised almost $1 billion in net proceeds for renewable energy, energy efficiency, green buildings, sustainable water management and biodiversity and conservation.

  14. Mercedes-Benz announces Ambition2039
    Signatory achievement

    Mercedes-Benz announces Ambition2039

    Read about how Mercedes-Benz is ensuring their customers can switch to carbon neutral mobility in the future.

  15. Amazon and Global Optimism announce The Climate Pledge
    Milestone

    Amazon and Global Optimism announce The Climate Pledge

    Jeff Bezos and Christiana Figueres announce The Climate Pledge, calling on signatories to be net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040.

  16. Amazon commits to net zero carbon by 2040
    Milestone

    Amazon commits to net zero carbon by 2040

    Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announces that the company will be net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040—a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement’s goal of 2050.

  17. Go behind the scenes as Amazon develops a new electric vehicle
    Signatory achievement

    Go behind the scenes as Amazon develops a new electric vehicle

    100,000 electric delivery vans will save millions of metric carbon per year.

  18. Signatory achievement

    Infosys wins UN Global Climate Action Award

    Infosys wins the prestigious UN Global Climate Action Award in the ‘Climate Neutral Now’ category.

  19. The European Green Deal
    Global News

    The European Green Deal

    The European Union presents the intergovernmental pledge to make Europe the first carbon neutral continent by 2050.

  20. Global News

    Greta Thunberg: TIME’s person of the year 2019

    Climate activist Thunberg is featured for inspiring millions to join the global climate strike and facilitating debate with global leaders.

  21. The Future We Choose
    Milestone

    The Future We Choose

    Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac publish The Future We Choose, a book aimed at instilling a winning mentality in the fight against climate change.

  22. Marie Claire - The Ecowarriors Greenifying Big Tech
    Global News

    Marie Claire: The Ecowarriors Greenifying Big Tech

    Amazon Head of Sustainability, Kara Hurst, joins other corporate sustainability officers as businesses latest climate change weapon.

  23. Amazon Commits $10 Million to Restore and Conserve 4 Million Acres of Forest
    Milestone

    Amazon Commits $10 Million to Restore and Conserve 4 Million Acres of Forest

    In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, this investment will help remove over 18 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by helping to restore and conserve family-owned forest lands.

  24. TED Talk: Tom Rivett-Carnac
    Talk

    TED Talk: Tom Rivett-Carnac

    Global Optimism co-founder Tom Rivett-Carnac makes the case for adopting a mindset of "stubborn optimism" to confront climate change.

  25. Amazon & The Nature Conservancy
    Signatory Achievement

    Amazon announces first Right Now Climate Fund project outside the U.S.

    The €3.75 million commitment to The Nature Conservancy will be used on efforts to reduce climate change risks and increase species biodiversity in cities, then shared across additional cities.

  26. Milestone

    RB pledges to tackle climate change

    RB vows to reduce emissions from its sites by 65% by 2030.

  27. Infosys joins The Climate Pledge
    New Signatory

    Infosys joins The Climate Pledge

    Infosys, a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, becomes a signatory of The Climate Pledge.

  28. RB joins The Climate Pledge
    New Signatory

    RB joins The Climate Pledge

    RB, a consumer goods company, joins The Climate Pledge.

  29. Verizon joins The Climate Pledge
    New Signatory

    Verizon joins The Climate Pledge

    Verizon, a US-based telecommunications company, joins The Climate Pledge.

  30. Signatory achievement

    Amazon launches a $2 billion Climate Pledge Fund

    The Climate Pledge Fund will invest in companies creating products, services, and technologies to protect the planet.

  31. Oak View Group joins The Climate Pledge
    New Signatory

    Oak View Group joins The Climate Pledge

    Oak View Group, a global leader in sports and entertainment, joins The Climate Pledge and is building the first arena targeting net zero carbon certification, Climate Pledge Arena.

  32. Amazon, Oak View Group, and NHL Seattle Announce Climate Pledge Arena
    Signatory achievement

    Amazon, Oak View Group, and NHL Seattle Announce Climate Pledge Arena

    The Climate Pledge Arena is expected to be the first net zero carbon certified arena in the world.

  33. Mercedes-Benz joins The Climate Pledge
    New signatory

    Mercedes-Benz joins The Climate Pledge

    Mercedes-Benz, global automotive brand, becomes a signatory of The Climate Pledge.

  34. Amazon orders 1,800 more electric vehicles
    Signatory achievement

    Amazon orders 1,800 more electric vehicles

    Amazon announces it is adding more than 1,800 electric vehicles from Mercedes-Benz to its delivery fleet in Europe.

  35. Milestone

    Amazon invests in green startups to support development of sustainable technologies

    CarbonCure Technologies, Pachama, Redwood Materials, Rivian, and Turntide Technologies are the first recipients of investments from the $2 billion Climate Pledge Fund.

  36. Climate Week NYC kicks off virtually
    Event

    Climate Week NYC kicks off virtually

    Hosted by Climate Group, the September 21-27 event is the biggest climate summit taking place this year.

  37. Amazon launches "Climate Pledge Friendly" program
    Sigatory Achievement

    Amazon launches "Climate Pledge Friendly" program

    Customers will now see the Climate Pledge Friendly label when searching for more than 25,000 products to signify that the products have one or more of 19 different sustainability certifications that help preserve the natural world, such as reducing the carbon footprint of shipments to customers.

  38. Event

    Better Together: The Climate Pledge

    Hear from leaders at Amazon, RB, Verizon, and Global Optimism on the power of companies (big and small) coming together to tackle the climate crisis. Moderated by GreenBiz.

  39. New signatory

    Best Buy joins The Climate Pledge

    Best Buy, a multinational consumer electronics retailer, becomes a signatory of The Climate Pledge.

  40. New signatory

    McKinstry joins The Climate Pledge

    McKinstry, a national leader in designing, constructing, operating and maintaining high-performing buildings, becomes a signatory of The Climate Pledge.

  41. New signatory

    Real Betis joins The Climate Pledge

    Real Betis, a Spanish professional football club, becomes a signatory of The Climate Pledge.

  42. New signatory

    Schneider Electric joins The Climate Pledge

    Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, becomes a signatory of The Climate Pledge.

  43. New signatory

    Siemens joins The Climate Pledge

    Siemens, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization, becomes a signatory of The Climate Pledge.

  44. The Climate Pledge at TED Countdown
    Event

    The Climate Pledge at TED Countdown

    Amazon SVP of Worldwide Operations Dave Clark, Amazon Head of Sustainability Kara Hurst, and Global Optimism co-founder and steward of the Paris Agreement, Christiana Figueres, speak alongside leaders, artists, activists, and scientists, building momentum for the race to zero emissions.

  45. Signatory Commitment

    Amazon’s electric fleet begins to hit the road in the US

    Amazon plans to start using new electric vehicles from Rivian to deliver packages to customers by 2021, with 10,000 new vehicles on the road as early as 2022 and all 100,000 vehicles on the road by 2030.

  46. Amazon running on 100% renewable energy
    Signatory Commitment

    Amazon running on 100% renewable energy

    Amazon’s investments in renewable energy projects globally enable it to run on 100% renewable energy by 2025.

  47. Amazon delivers on Shipment Zero
    Signatory Commitment

    Amazon delivers on Shipment Zero

    With electric vehicles, aviation bio fuels, reusable packaging, and renewable energy, Amazon reaches 50% of all shipments net zero carbon.

  48. RB powers operations with 100% renewable electricity
    Signatory Commitment

    RB powers operations with 100% renewable electricity

    Additionally, they have reduced carbon emissions from their sites by 65% by 2030.

  49. Verizon plants 10 million trees
    Signatory Commitment

    Verizon plants 10 million trees

    Verizon completes its commitment to planting 10 million trees to support urban forestry and healthier communities.

  50. Signatory Commitment

    Verizon is carbon neutral

    Verizon, the largest wireless communications provider in the US, has achieved its commitment of becoming carbon neutral by 2035.

  51. Milestone

    The Climate Pledge signatories reach net zero carbon

    All signatories of The Climate Pledge are now net zero carbon, and continue to work together to build a sustainable future.

Impossible
is an attitude

Hear from leaders who have joined The Climate Pledge.

  • Amy Ridener
    We don't wait for the
    future. We build it.

    An unexpected way to invest in green operations

    Amy Ridener Director Global Sustainability, Verizon
  • Jeff Bezos

    If Amazon can do it, anyone can

    Jeff Bezos Amazon Founder and CEO
  • Guruprakash Sastry
    Next-generation digital
    services and consulting

    Unlocking the power of data to become carbon neutral

    Guruprakash Sastry Regional Head of Infrastructure and Green Initiatives, Infosys
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Former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, now co-founder of Global Optimism
Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

What is
the Climate
pledge?

How three principles build sustainable businesses for customers and our planet.

Christiana Figueres Former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, now co-founder of Global Optimism
Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

Companies that sign The Climate Pledge agree to:

  • Measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis.

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  • Implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through business change and innovations, including efficiency improvements, renewable energy, materials reductions, and other carbon emission elimination strategies.

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  • Take action to neutralize any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially beneficial offsets to achieve net zero annual carbon emissions by 2040.

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  • Measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis.

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  • Implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through business change and innovations, including efficiency improvements, renewable energy, materials reductions, and other carbon emission elimination strategies.

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  • Take action to neutralize any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially beneficial offsets to achieve net zero annual carbon emissions by 2040.

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Are you in?

Take a leadership position on climate change,
and learn more about becoming a signatory.