Amazon announces three new wind projects to power AWS
The wind projects will contribute to the firm’s goa...
The e-commerce giant, Amazon, has revealed its investment in three new renewable energy projects.
The wind projects will contribute to the firm’s goal to power its Amazon Web Services (AWS) unit with clean energy.
The wind projects are located in Sweden, Ireland, and the US. The combined total capacity of the farms is 229MW, with the projects expected to generate more than 670,000MWh per annum.
“Each of these projects brings us closer to our long-term commitment to use 100 percent renewable energy to power our global AWS infrastructure,” stated Peter DeSantis, Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support at Amazon Web Services.
“These projects are well-positioned to serve AWS data centers in Ireland, Sweden, and the US. We expect more projects in 2019 as we continue toward our goal of powering all AWS global infrastructure with renewable energy.”
AWS currently uses nine renewable energy projects. The combined capacity of the 12 projects is anticipated to annually generate over 2.7mn MWh of clean energy – the equivalent of 262,000 homes in the US.
“AWS’s investment in renewable projects in Ireland illustrates their continued commitment to adding clean energy to the grid and it will make a positive contribution to Ireland’s renewable energy goals,” said Leo Varadkar, An Taoiseach of Ireland.
“As a significant employer in Ireland, it is very encouraging to see Amazontaking a lead on this issue. We look forward to continuing to work with Amazon as we strive to make Ireland a leader on renewable energy.
Genesys sustainability report: diversity & CO2 neutrality
Cloud contact centre company, Genesys has released its 2020 Sustainability Report: Moving Forward Together. The report outlines the company’s ESG efforts, sustainable business practices and ambitions for the future. Genesys is headquartered in California and has a revenue of $2b.
Genesys begins its sustainability journey
The report covers Genesys’ 2021 fiscal year (which concluded on 31st January 2021) and is intended to measure progress and help Genesys engage with employees and customers, partners and suppliers across the industry.
“We are at the beginning of our sustainability journey where we formulated and embraced a more sustainable strategy in 2020,” said Tony Bates, Genesys Chairman and CEO. “With more than 7,000 customers and more than 5,000 employees in 55 countries, we have a unique opportunity to help move the contact centre and Experience as a Service industry into more sustainable business practices.
Actions taken by Genesys over the past year include:
- Creating more sustainable office spaces, including a new office in Ireland designed with the One Planet Living framework.
- New policies have been initiated to minimise work-related travel.
- Genesys has appointed its first Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Eric Thomas.
- The company launched Genesys Rapid Response to help companies move quickly to remote working, for free.
Genesys seeks to diversify and become carbon neutral
In addition to reviewing 2020, Genesys also set itself a number of goals. Over the next 10 years, the company said it was committing to:
- Becoming carbon neutral
- Having the same diversity in its company and leadership as in the markets where it works
- Maximising security, availability, and compliance
- Exceeding its financial plan
“We’re making great strides at Genesys in transforming our strategy and growth through more sustainable business practices that holistically optimise our economic, social and environmental impact,” said Bridgette McAdoo, Global Sustainability Officer at Genesys. “We recognise that sustainability is a team sport and that together, through our commitments and actions, we can impact our communities for generations to come.”
“With our management team fully committed to and engaged in this journey, we are reaching out to all our stakeholders, including our employees, customers, partners, and suppliers to engage in the conversation and to become part of the solution”, concluded Bates. “We know that our actions today will impact our world for generations to come and we want everyone on board.”