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Sustainability in India

Amazon India is committed to sustainability and has taken several steps to build more sustainable operations across the country. This includes initiatives in packaging, electric mobility, solar energy, water conservation and awareness building through community efforts.
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Sustainability Highlights in India
  • 10,000
    Electric Vehicles
    Will be added to Amazon India's existing fleet by 2025. The roll-out will include 3-wheeler and 4-wheeler electric vehicles designed and manufactured in India.
  • 40
    Solar Energy Systems Donated
    Serving 19 government schools and one mini planetarium in Maharashtra, these solar energy systems support the needs of 2500 school children and community members in 24 villages.
  • 100+
    Cities with Packaging-Free Shipping
    Packaging-free shipments are available in 100+ cities in India, reducing single-use plastic from packaging in fulfilment centres.
Sustainability Initiatives in India
  • Solar Power
    Our operations team in India began installing solar arrays on buildings in 2017. As of 2020, seven fulfilment centres and three sortation centres together produce a total of nearly 10 megawatts of solar energy to power operations in the buildings. Spanning facilities in Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Mumbai, these solar arrays support the annual energy needs related to fulfilling orders, reducing dependence on conventional sources of energy.
  • Energy Efficiency
    Across facilities in India, an advanced energy management system provides building operators with a dashboard that enables them to optimise energy use and identify opportunities for further savings. Sensors ensure lighting and climate controls are only used when buildings are occupied. We achieved a 10 % reduction in energy intensity for our operational fulfilment centres in 2019 compared to 2018, and we aim to further reduce energy intensity in these buildings in 2020 by 10 % over 2019.

    Our sortation centre in Delhi – where associates sort customer orders by final destination and consolidate them onto trucks for faster delivery – was awarded a Gold rating by the Indian Green Building Council for its exemplary performance on energy and resource efficiency. Constructed with locally-sourced materials and outfitted with high-efficiency plumbing and electrical equipment, the facility uses about 30 % less energy and water than a typical building of its size.
  • Water Conservation
    Many of our fulfilment centres have the ability to collect and recycle water on-site. We do this with rainwater collection tanks or recharge wells, which send water back into aquifers and in-house sewage treatment plants, making it possible to reuse water for flushing and gardening. We have also implemented waterless urinals in our fulfilment and sort centres along with water restrictors for taps and water efficient faucets.
  • Electric and Natural Gas Vehicles
    After successful pilots across cities in India in 2019, Amazon India is adding 10,000 electric delivery vehicles to our existing fleet by 2025. The roll-out includes 3-wheeler and 4-wheeler electric vehicles designed and manufactured in India. In addition to electric vehicles, we utilize commercial compressed natural gas vehicles for deliveries across India.

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  • Packaging-Free Shipments
    In 2020, Amazon India expanded our packaging-free shipping initiative to more than 100 cities across India. Customer orders within this programme are shipped in their original packaging without additional Amazon packaging. The program is available based on a customer's location, the distance the order has to travel and the category of product ordered. The programme will continue to expand to more regions and a wider selection of products.

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  • Community Engagement
    Amazon India is working to expand clean energy beyond our fulfilment centres, donating solar energy systems to 19 government schools and one mini planetarium in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra. This infrastructure supports the needs of children in schools and other members of local communities in 24 villages, benefiting more than 2,500 people across the Haryana and Maharashtra provinces. In addition, we partnered with local organizations and engaged Amazon volunteers to construct a sewage treatment plant in Bangalore to support the cleanup of Mahadevpura Lake. We are also planting more than 10,000 saplings around our Indian fulfilment centres as part of our reforestation efforts.
A picture of Indian women sellers who are online now
In India, Amazon Cares empowers local communities in the areas of health, education and women’s empowerment. Many of the canteens at Amazon fulfilment centres across the Maharashtra region are led by local women who use their culinary skills to sell home-cooked meals to Amazon associates. These canteen enterprises empower local women to provide a better future for themselves and their families.
Amazon employees in orange shirts communicate with each other in sign language on a street in Mumbai, India.
Amazon India teamed up with the city of Bangalore and United Way Bengaluru to construct an eco-friendly sewage treatment plant on Bangalore’s Mahadevpura Lake that will clean up to 1 million liters per day. Amazon employees volunteered their time to offer hands-on support for the lake cleanup effort.
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