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Royal Dutch Shell To Supply Amazon.com Inc. With Renewable Energy
Renewables | 09 February 2021

Royal Dutch Shell agreed to a deal to supply Amazon.com Inc. with Renewable Energy on Monday, 8th February, which will help the U.S. online retailer power its business completely using clean energy by 2025, five years before its target. They described the deal to be the “largest single-site renewable energy project to date.”

Amazon has assured to be net-zero carbon by 2040, which includes plans to power its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2030. However, Amazon in their 8th Feb blog post said that they are now expecting to reach 100% renewable energy goal five years early, supported by their latest agreement with Shell.

As per the agreement signed, Shell will be providing electricity from an offshore wind farm named Hollandse Kust Noord (HKN) which is being constructed by Shell and Mitsubishi Corp.’s Eneco off the coast of The Netherlands. The financial terms of the deal weren’t yet disclosed.

The HKN offshore wind farm will be having a total capacity of 759 megawatts (MW) and is scheduled to become operational in 2023. Starting in 2024, Amazon will begin to offtake 250 MW from Shell and 130 MW from Eneco, for a total of 380 MW.

According to Elisabeth Brinton, the executive vice president of New Energies at Shell, supplying Amazon with electricity from the HKN offshore wind farm will also help Shell to reach its own ambition of being a net-zero emissions business by 2050 or sooner.

Brinton said in a statement, “We are delighted to continue strengthening our strategic relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS) across Shell New Energies”. She further added, “Our collaboration is enabling us to continue pushing the boundaries of innovation.”

As stated by a company release, Shell and Amazon have already achieved milestones together. In July 2020, Amazon’s air cargo network secured up to six million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel that was supplied by Shell Aviation.

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