Amazon aims to cut its carbon footprint

Amazon pledged in a blog post that half of its shipments would be carbon-neutral by 2030

Amazon pledged in a blog post that half of its shipments would be carbon-neutral by 2030

Leveraging improvements in electric vehicles, aviation bio fuels, reusable packaging, and renewable energy, Amazon is setting a goal of net zero carbon emissions for 50% of its shipments by 2030.

McDonald's, Coca-Cola and other big companies that generate lots of waste have announced similar initiatives, hoping to appeal to customers concerned about the environment.

In light of its existing work, the company says that "for the first time we can now see a path to net zero carbon delivery of shipments to customers..." Called Shipment Zero, Amazon expects to make half of its deliveries net zero carbon over the next decade, this goal building upon work over the last two years that enables Amazon to map its carbon footprint.

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In operations, Amazon employs over 200 scientists, engineers, and product designers dedicated exclusively to inventing new ways to leverage its scale for environmental sustainability.

Amazon said in a statement today that it plans to reveal its company-wide carbon footprint later this year, as well as multiple unspecified programs and goals that are related.

The vast demand for electricity to power the infrastructure that runs the tech giants is under increasing scrutiny. There's a business case to be made for mitigating climate change as well. Facebook's reading is 34 percent and Microsoft's is 34 percent, the report said. A Greenpeace report, released on Wednesday, noted that only 12 percent of power used at Amazon's data centers in Virginia comes from renewable methods. "This means that the majority of rising electricity demand needed to power data centers in Virginia is driving even more demand for fossil fuels, and more Carbon dioxide emissions that are fueling global warming", Greenpeace claimed.

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