We follow scientific research to fund initiatives that are critical for hitting the targets of the Paris Agreement and staving off the most catastrophic effects of climate change. We also focus on large-scale transformations which would be unlikely to occur without significant new investment.
$100 MillionInvestment in reforestation projects and climate mitigation solutionsIn 2019, Amazon created the Right Now Climate Fund, a $100 million fund to restore and conserve forests, wetlands, and grasslands around the world. Through the Right Now Climate Fund, Amazon is taking immediate action to avoid and remove carbon emissions by supporting nature-based climate solutions.
In 2021, Amazon joined the LEAF (Lowering Emissions by Accelerating Forest finance) Coalition, a global initiative of governments and leading companies that aims to raise at least $1 billion to protect the world’s tropical rainforests. This ambitious public-private project is designed to accelerate climate action by providing financing to help countries protect their tropical rainforests. The LEAF Coalition is expected to become one of the largest initiatives ever to protect tropical forests and support sustainable development, and will benefit billions of people around the world who depend on rainforests.
In 2020, Amazon committed €3.75 million to The Nature Conservancy’s Urban Greening program to help cities promote biodiversity, reduce urban heat islands, and improve stormwater management in the face of climate change. With Amazon’s support program, the program launched in Berlin’s Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district in 2020 and will expand to two additional German cities over five years. The goal is to share a guide to urban greening with municipalities across Europe by the end of the five-year project.
“The LEAF Coalition is a groundbreaking example of the scale and type of collaboration that is needed to fight the climate crisis and achieve net-zero emissions globally by 2050. Bringing together government and private-sector resources is a necessary step in supporting the large-scale efforts that must be mobilized to halt deforestation and begin to restore tropical and subtropical forests.”
The Family Forest Carbon Program opens up carbon credit markets to owners of small forests for the first time. Amazon’s support expands this program in the Appalachians and other U.S. regions, promoting the design of new methods to measure and verify reforestation and forest management practices.
The Forest Carbon Co-Op helps owners of mid-sized forests use sustainable forest management and protection measures to earn income through the carbon credit market. Amazon’s grant supports efforts to expand the program in climate-resilient forests across the Appalachians, develop a scientific approach to measuring regional carbon impact, and enhance the project verification methodology.
As the largest funder of these programs, Amazon is enabling an estimated net reduction of 18.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by 2031, equivalent to a year of emissions from nearly 4 million U.S. cars. Our investment supports conservation and sustainable land management of 4 million acres of family forests across a 2,000-mile span of the Appalachians and beyond. Amazon’s support also generates local economic opportunities by creating a new source of income for family forest owners and rural communities that taps into the carbon storage potential of forests.