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The expertise big Amazon will make investments 15.7 billion euros over the following three years in Aragon to construct a supernetwork of knowledge facilities. The operation consists of the growth of the three infrastructures it already has in Huesca, El Burgo de Ebro and Villanueva de Gállego. The operation will make the area one of many hubs most necessary technological tasks in Europe, as highlighted by the regional president, Jorge Azcón, in the course of the presentation of the undertaking.

The funding by Amazon Web Services (the expertise subsidiary of the American distribution big) in Aragon plans to create greater than 6,800 jobs. The American big already invested greater than 2.5 billion euros in Aragon three years in the past to construct the three tremendous information facilities that started working in 2022.

The firm introduced the funding at an occasion held along with the Government of Aragon on the Water Tower, within the Aragonese capital. The Aragonese president has burdened that the operation will flip the area into “the main technological power in Spain.” To this finish, Azcón defined, the federal government council has permitted the declaration of regional curiosity for this undertaking, with the intention that the executive processing is carried out “in the shortest possible time” and that this funding begins to change into a actuality. from minute one.”

The Minister for Digital Transformation and the Public Service, José Luis Escrivá, was current on the occasion, and highlighted the significance of this funding, which “ratifies Spain as a hub key digital platform in southern Europe with great advantages, such as connectivity and local climate and energy conditions.” Furthermore, the truth that AWS information facilities are 100% sustainable “is absolutely aligned with the 'AI Strategy' approved a few days ago by the Government,” he added. Escrivá has additionally identified that this new dedication by Amazon Web Services to Spain locations the nation “at the forefront of technological innovation and artificial intelligence in Europe” and “confirms, once again, the ability to generate technological talent and high-quality jobs.” high quality”.

AWS's new €15.7 billion investment plan multiplies by six the company's original plan, announced in 2021, to invest €2.5 billion and support the creation of 1,300 full-time jobs annually over 10 years. In this sense, Suzana Curic, general director of AWS for Iberia, has assured that the company is “committed” to supporting Spain in various areas.

“Beyond the direct investments and jobs that will be created, we plan to continue our existing collaborations with local schools and community initiatives to support talent development, education programs and sustainability initiatives. “We will continue to equate the electricity used in our data centers in Aragon with 100% renewable sources and we will continue to look for different ways to innovate and execute our operations in a more efficient and sustainable way, returning resources to the communities where we have a presence,” he stated.

In terms of sustainability, and as part of Amazon's global climate commitment (Climate Pledge) to achieve net zero carbon emissions in all its operations by 2040, AWS data centers in Aragon have been offsetting the electricity used with 100% of renewable energy since its opening in 2022. Likewise, AWS is also committed to being positive in water consumption before 2030, by returning more water to the community than it uses in its operations. In Aragon, the company has collaborated on two water projects with local partners that use AWS cloud technology to detect and reduce water loss through leaks in old pipes and increase the flow of reused water to local farms.

Digital skills

Another of AWS's initiatives in the region, Think Big Space, seeks to bring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education to local school students and inspire them to undertake technology-related studies in the future. The goal is to reach more than 50 local schools and 3,500 students between 10 and 16 years old during the first academic year.

Likewise, AWS has also created the Tech Alliance in Spain, which brings together a coalition of Spanish companies, including local partners and AWS customers, state agencies and educational institutions, to address the gap in technological skills in technical school curricula. and universities. Through these and other education and certification initiatives, AWS has trained more than 200,000 people in Spain in cloud technology skills since 2017, as part of the company's global commitment to train more than 29 million people in skills cloud —already two million people in AI—by 2025.

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