Shell Energy Europe BV, unit from oil major, has signed an agreement with Amazon for the procurement of renewable energy from a subsidy-free offshore wind farm located in the Netherlands.
Firstly, the wind platforms is still under construction; the name of the project is Amazon-Shell HKN Offshore wind project, and it will enable Amazon to power more of its business units with clean energy.
Consequently, the retail giant will move one step closer in meeting its objective to become net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 or sooner. In addition, this agreement sets a floor for Amazon to power its operations a 100% with renewable energy by 2025; five years sooner than the original 2030 target.
It also moves Shell a foot forward in becoming a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner, in accordance with society and the climate change fight.
Secondly, the wind farm will be operated by the CrossWind consortium, which is a joint venture between Shell and Eneco. Moreover, the total capacity of the wind farm will be at about 250 megawatts.
Thirdly, the retail giant will offtake 250 MW from Shell and 130 MW from Eneco for a total 380 MW for its operations.
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Amazon one step closer in its emissions goals
About the agreement with Amazon, Elisabeth Brinton, executive VP of New Energies at Shell, stated. “Supplying Amazon with electricity from this offshore wind farm contributes to their net-zero pledge; while progressing our own ambition to be a net-zero emissions business by 2050 or sooner.”
“We are delighted to continue strengthening our strategic relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS) across Shell New Energies. Our collaboration is enabling us to continue pushing the boundaries of innovation,” she concluded.
Finally, this is not the first time the retail giant and Shell, achieve milestones together; also, in July 2020, the retail giant secured a six million gallons of sustainable fuel cargo, from Shell Aviation.
In conclusion, this agreement expands the industry’s efforts to achieve neutrality in carbon emissions; also it goes along other companies’ efforts like Facebook and Clorox in becoming 100% powered by renewables.