Royal Dutch Shell Plc agreed to a deal on Feb. 8 to supply renewable power to Amazon.com Inc.’s European facilities in what the U.S.-based retail giant described as its “largest single-site renewable energy project to date.”
Amazon has vowed to be net-zero carbon by 2040, which includes plans to power its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2030. However, Amazon said in a Feb. 8 blog post that it now expects to reach its 100% renewable energy goal five years early, supported by its latest agreement with Shell.
In the agreement, Shell will provide electricity from an offshore wind farm named Hollandse Kust Noord (HKN) being constructed by Shell and Mitsubishi Corp.’s Eneco off the coast of The Netherlands. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
The HKN offshore wind farm will have a total capacity of 759 megawatts (MW) and is scheduled to become operational in 2023. Amazon will begin to offtake 380 MW—comprised of 250 MW from Shell and 130 MW from Eneco—starting in 2024.
Supplying Amazon with electricity from the HKN offshore wind farm also helps Shell reach its own ambition to be a net-zero emissions business by 2050 or sooner, according to Elisabeth Brinton, executive vice president of New Energies at Shell.
“We are delighted to continue strengthening our strategic relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS) across Shell New Energies,” Brinton said in a statement. “Our collaboration is enabling us to continue pushing the boundaries of innovation.”
Shell and Amazon have already achieved milestones together, according to a company release. In July 2020, Amazon’s air cargo network secured up to six million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel supplied by Shell Aviation.
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