Petronas, Amazon collaborate in sustainability charge – Gentari to supply EVs for Amazon India fleet

Petronas and its clean energy offshoot, Gentari, has announced a new collaboration with Amazon in their efforts to intensify their sustainability and decarbonisation initiatives.

The collaboration will see the parties explore potentials in several areas, including the decarbonisation of Amazon India’s transportation network with Gentari providing electric vehicles (EVs) and accompanying fleet management services for Amazon’s third-party delivery service partners in India. The e-commerce giant has committed to deploying 10,000 EVs in its India delivery fleet by 2025.

Petronas and Amazon Web Services (AWS) meanwhile will explore designing and constructing a state-of-the-art “plant of the future” that will incorporate cutting-edge technology, robotics, and automation solutions similar to those used in Amazon warehouses and facilities. The new plant will be used to scale existing research and development efforts by Petronas for the potential production of microalgae oil as feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel.

Petronas will also continue leveraging on AWS’ cloud services to help enhance and expand its technology solutions, including the Setel e-wallet for purchasing fuel at Petronas stations, and STEAR, a cloud-based logistics solution and services platform built on AWS for the offshore industry.

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Amazon, meanwhile, will evaluate Petronas’ low-carbon and alternative fuel solutions for potential integration into a diverse area of applications, including mobility, stationary power, and carbon management.

AWS will also continue upskilling technical and non-technical employees at Petronas by strengthening their digital literacy through AWS Training and Certification programmes, in line with its broader commitment to help develop a digitally trained workforce to support the nation’s digital economy.

Commenting on the collaboration, Petronas Senior Vice President of Project Delivery and Technology, Datuk Bacho Pilong said, Petronas believes that collaborations such as this, which builds on our long-standing relationship with Amazon and AWS and the expertise of Gentari in clean energy solutions, are vital to support Asia’s and the world’s transition towards cleaner energy.”

“We invite like-minded open partners to join forces in strengthening a sprawling innovation ecosystem that can address the many challenges along our journey to actualise a sustainable future together,” he added.

AWS ASEAN Managing Director, Conor McNamara added, “Achieving a net zero future requires immediate and wide-ranging innovation across all industries, including the energy sector. We are deepening our collaboration with Petrona and Gentari to support our shared goals of building a more sustainable world through nurturing expertise and technology.”

Both Petronas and Amazon have already kick-started their own sustainability plans. The national energy company is committed to delivering affordable, low-carbon energy solutions, while concurrently reducing the emissions intensity of its operations. Amazon, meanwhile, has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.

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