AWS plans to invest 15.7 billion euros in Spain, supporting 17,500 jobs in local companies every year

Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced plans to invest €15.7 billion in Spain in the AWS Europe (Spain) region, which is estimated to support an estimated 17,500 full-time jobs in local companies on an annual basis and is estimated to contribute € 21.6 billion to Spain’s gross domestic product (GDP) through 2033.

The Minister of Digital Transformation and Public Services, José Luis Escrivástressed the importance of the investment and said: “Amazon Web Services’ decision to choose Spain puts us at the forefront of technological innovation and artificial intelligence in Europe and reaffirms Spain’s ability to attract technology talent and quality jobs in the long term to support. term. This new commitment from AWS underlines our country’s attractiveness as a strategic technology hub in Southern Europe, and the connectivity, climate and energy conditions that make us an attractive location for the world’s most innovative companies. Having AWS data centers powered 100% by renewable energy is absolutely in line with the AI ​​government strategy approved a few days ago.”

AWS will expand its cloud infrastructure in Aragon with the support of the regional government, and 40% of the estimated 6,800 jobs will be in Aragon. Jobs will be supported in several sectors, including construction, facilities maintenance, engineering and telecommunications. In addition to jobs, more than half (12.9 billion euros) of the expected contribution to GDP will come from the Aragon region.

AWS’s long-term commitment to Aragón is a key part of the regional government’s strategy to become a leading technology hub nationally and within Europe, and was welcomed at an official event organized by the regional government.

“Since arriving in Aragon, AWS has made the region’s potential for attracting technology investments a reality,” said Jorge Azcón, president of the regional government in Aragon. “AWS is a global company, but its commitment to the local ecosystem and communities in which it operates has made it an ‘Aragonese’ company. The investment we announce today is unique in the history of technology investments in our community and in Spain. It will definitively put Aragón on the map as a center of innovation and the cloud economy in Europe.”

Today’s planned investment announcement of €15.7 billion increases AWS’s original plan, announced in 2021, to invest €2.5 billion in Spain and support the creation of an estimated 1,300 jobs over ten years by a factor of six.

“We are committed to supporting Spain in several areas,” he said Suzana Curic, AWS Country Manager, Spain and Portugal. “In addition to direct investments and support for jobs, we plan to continue our partnerships with local schools and community initiatives to support talent development, community education programs and sustainability initiatives. We will match the electricity used in our data centers in Aragón with 100% renewable resources and continue to look for different ways to innovate and conduct our activities more efficiently and sustainably, returning resources to the communities where we are present.”

Sustainability

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As part of our global Climate pledge To achieve net-zero CO2 emissions across all operations by 2040, AWS data centers in Aragon have been matching electricity consumption with 100% renewable energy since 2022. AWS aims to become water positive by 2030 by returning more water to the community than it uses in its operations. We worked together on two water projects in Aragon with local partners. Using AWS cloud technology, the initiatives detect and reduce water loss from leaks in aging pipes and increase recycled water flow to local farms.

“AWS has been a great and committed partner in our efforts to promote sustainability in the Aragon region. The collaboration in planting 5,000 trees in the Bosque de los Zaragozanos initiative and the support to make Zaragoza one of Europe’s carbon neutral cities have been excellent,” said Eva González, Director of Sustainability Culture at ECODES.

Growing with partners and the community

AWS’ investment will allow us to continue to expand to meet growing demand and keep going to position ourselves as a positive economic and social presence in Spain – and specifically in Aragon – by supporting partners and suppliers in the growth of their businesses.

Levitec, a local Aragonese company specialized in electrical and air conditioning installations, helped set up AWS’s first data centers in Aragon and has since grown to serve international customers. “The trust AWS places in us has been an important part of our transformation and internationalization. It has helped us become an established name in the industry and diversify and expand our customer portfolio,” said Agustín Lalaguna, CEO of Levitec.

AWS is also committed to creating a positive social impact in the local communities where its data centers are located. Since 2022, it has launched two Economic Social Funds in Aragon, for a total amount of €264,000, to support local science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) projects, as well as employment, inclusion initiatives and sustainability. These projects have helped more than 5,400 people in Aragon by improving digital skills, employability and sustainability.

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“AWS’ commitment to the community of Aragon has transcended from the business to the social sphere. The company’s continued involvement through financial assistance, employee volunteerism and social inclusion activities demonstrate how AWS has become a new neighbor in the region. Bee A spaceWe are grateful for the partnership and extremely excited about what the future holds,” the spokesperson said Mónica Iglesias, General Director of the ASPACE Zaragoza Foundation.

Investing in digital skills, training and STEAM education

A recent one study developed by independent consultancy Strand Partners, on behalf of AWS, highlights that technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI could potentially deliver an economic injection of €55 billion to the Spanish economy by 2030. To achieve this, the country must solve three crucial issues: issues: creating an environment for innovation; ensuring that companies of all sizes have access to the latest technologies; and closing the digital skills gap.

Last year, AWS launched the Think Big Space in Aragón, which aims to provide STEAM education to students in local schools and inspire them to pursue technical studies in the future. The aim of the project is to reach more than 50 local schools and 3,500 students aged 10 to 16 during the first school year.

AWS has also launched the Tech Alliance in Spain, bringing together a coalition of Spanish companies, including local partners and AWS customers, government agencies and educational institutions, to address the technology skills gap in the curricula of technical schools and universities. The alliance aims to prepare students for entry-level technology careers and connect them to potential employment opportunities at participating companies. Through these and other education and certification initiatives, AWS has trained more than 200,000 people in cloud skills in Spain since 2017, as part of its global commitment to train more than 29 million people in cloud computing skills and two million people in AI by 2025.

How the AWS Region in Spain helps customers and society

The AWS Region in Spain supports the digital transformation of organizations across Spain and globally. Telephonics, BBVA Adif, I.E, Insud Pharmaand the Spanish Red Cross are examples of local customers using the AWS Region in Aragon. Additionally, tens of thousands of customers rely on AWS to power their infrastructure in the Iberian Peninsula, including more than 75% of the IBEX35, the Spanish stock market.

“AWS technology allows us to provide crucial remote care services and combat unwanted loneliness for approximately 150,000 elderly and dependent people, as well as their families and caregivers, across Spain,” said Sandra Pedraza, CIO at the Spanish Red Cross. “Most importantly for us, AWS provides us with the resilient and highly available infrastructure needed to support people, as well as the ability to optimize the resources needed to be more sustainable and innovate in service delivery. In short, we have created a cloud of humanitarian technology.”

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