Amazon has unveiled the first stage in its Middle East and North Africa (MENA) sustainability plan,. The company will be setting up a rooftop solar plant atop its DXB3 fulfilment centre in Dubai, UAE. The rooftop system’s 5,565 panels will generate on-site solar energy to meet 60 per cent of DXB3’s energy needs.

The maximum authorised capacity for commercial and industrial rooftop installations in the UAE is 2.08MW, thus the project capacity will comply with this. It is predicted that the project will save 4.6 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. This is projected to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 2,500 tonnes each year, which is comparable to planting around 40,000 tree seedlings. Following the example set by DXB3 in the UAE, two more facilities in Saudi Arabia and Egypt are scheduled to be online by 2022.

Amazon’s MENA divisions are working to support The Climate Pledge, a goal to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across all of its companies by 2040. Co-founded by Amazon in 2019, the Pledge calls on members to fulfil the Paris Agreement’s targets ten years earlier through regular reporting, carbon removal, and verifiable offsets. More than 100 organisations have signed the Pledge so far.

In order to carry out successful operations, they have to collaborate with regulators, industry players, and utility partners to support public policy frameworks that extend renewables’ position in the area. It will also include carbon-friendly design principles into its new buildings, as well as increase its control systems, data, and analytics, to improve energy efficiency across all sites.