Jeff Bezos wants Amazon to hit carbon neutrality by 2040. HQ2 will play a big role.

Jeff Bezos is committing to move Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) to net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 as part of a broader private sector climate change initiative — and he says the company’s Arlington headquarters will play a major part in meeting that goal.

In a rare local public appearance, the Amazon CEO stopped by the National Press Club in D.C. Thursday to unveil his new environmental plans. The move comes on the eve of the launch of the global climate strike, an international initiative designed to drive home the urgency of climate action. It is expected to include a walkout of close to 1,500 Amazon workers.

Bezos described the initiative as a “Climate Pledge” to meet the carbon neutrality goals of the 2016 Paris Agreement 10 years ahead of schedule, and he hopes to earn the commitment of other global companies to join Amazon in this effort. For his part, Bezos plans a massive increase in the company’s renewable energy efforts to meet that 2040 goal, in tandem with an…

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