TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese trading company Mitsubishi Corp will enter an agreement to provide Amazon.com Inc’s European facilities with renewable energy through its Dutch unit, Eneco, the Nikkei business daily reported on Monday.
The move comes as Japanese trading houses are increasingly focusing on cleaner energy as they join a global shift away from coal and other fossil fuels.
Amazon, which delivers about 10 billion items a year and has a massive transportation and data center footprint, has faced protests from environmental activists and pressure from its employees to take action on climate change. It has vowed to be net carbon neutral by 2040.
Last July, a consortium between Eneco and Royal Dutch Shell, won a zero-subsidy tender to build a 750 MW wind farm in the North Sea off the coast of the Netherlands.
Mitsubishi declined to comment on the deal, while Amazon was not immediately available for comment.
Mitsubishi, along with Japanese utility Chubu Electric Power Co Inc, bought Eneco last year in a deal valuing the Dutch energy firm at 4.1 billion euros ($4.9 billion).
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Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim and Yuka Obayashi; Editing by Christopher Cushing