Amazon is taking a broad, science-based approach to reducing carbon emissions and improving efficiency across our operations.
As part of our goal to reach net-zero carbon by 2040, Amazon is on a path to powering our operations with 100 % renewable energy by 2025 – five years ahead of our original target of 2030. In 2020, we became the world’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy, reaching 65% renewable energy across our business.
Amazon operates hundreds of world-class facilities in cities across the globe that serve our customers and support our local communities. We are designing buildings that help lead the industry towards net-zero carbon, while improving the resource efficiency of our facilities and prioritising the health and wellness of our building occupants.
- The World’s First Net-Zero Carbon ArenaIn 2020, Amazon secured the naming rights to Climate Pledge Arena, slated to become the first net-zero-carbon-certified arena in the world. The arena will feature all-electric operations systems powered by 100 % renewable electricity from on-site solar panels and off-site renewable energy projects. Events at the arena will be made fully net-zero carbon by investing in forestry projects that sequester any remaining carbon emissions from the arena’s operations through nature-based solutions. Additional commitments include eliminating single-use plastics, conserving water and producing zero waste from the arena’s operations.
- Reducing Carbon at Arlington HQPlans for our second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, feature a range of carbon reduction solutions and energy efficiency enhancements, including highly efficient building systems, high-efficiency lighting with advanced controls and a high-performing building envelope that facilitates climate control. All-electric central heating and cooling systems will eliminate on-site combustion for heating and domestic hot water, and a nearby solar farm will power the campus with 100 % renewable energy. The buildings will incorporate locally sourced materials, to reduce the carbon impact of material transportation, and low-carbon materials, including low-carbon concrete supplemented with Carbon Cure technology, a Climate Pledge Fund investment.
- Corporate OfficesAmazon’s global corporate offices are located in vibrant communities and urban hubs. Many of our corporate buildings offer plazas and open green spaces for communal and public use. Even more feature green roofs and other green infrastructure that provide outdoor amenity space while supporting ecological functions like green stormwater management. The interiors integrate biophilic design concepts, such as green walls and locally sourced woods, along with energy-efficient lighting, composting and recycling, and amenity spaces for employee wellness. Many of our buildings also offer plug-in electric vehicle charging stations, bike parking and showers to encourage low-carbon transportation for employees and visitors.
- Operations FacilitiesAmazon’s operations facilities include a variety of building types and sizes where we process orders for our customers. To minimize energy use, these facilities feature state-of-the-art technology and are designed with efficient building systems. Many of our operations facilities throughout the US, Europe, and India are powered by on-site solar, where a rooftop installation can power up to 80 % of a facility’s energy use. As of June 2021, we have more than 90 rooftop solar installations on operations facilities around the world and we continue to scale this programme globally.
- Amazon Physical StoresAmazon Physical Stores provide a range of retail and grocery shopping experiences for our customers. Our physical stores use highly efficient LED lighting, with energy-reducing lighting controls, and incorporate natural daylighting techniques, such as skylights and large windows. We also utilise energy-efficient heating and cooling systems to reduce energy consumption. Across our grocery channels, we are replacing conventional refrigerants with natural alternatives that have a lower ozone depletion and global warming potential. In many of our new physical stores, we are increasing our use of doored cases for refrigerated products, enhancing energy efficiency and maintaining product quality for longer durations.
- Data CentresAWS is continuously working to increase the efficiency of our facilities, and our scale allows us to achieve higher resource utilisation and efficiency than typical on-premises data centres. When possible, we incorporate direct evaporative technology for cooling our data centres, reducing energy and water consumption. During cooler months, outside air is directly supplied to the data centre without using any water. During the hottest months of the year, outside air is cooled through an evaporative process using water before being pushed into the server rooms, and we have optimised our cooling systems to minimise water usage. AWS has also demonstrated our commitment to water stewardship by using reclaimed or recycled water instead of drinking water in multiple regions, and we are working with local utilities to expand the use of reclaimed water.
Shipment Zero is our goal to deliver 50 % of Amazon shipments with net-zero carbon by 2030.
Achieving Shipment Zero means that the fulfilment operations we undertake to deliver customer shipments are net-zero carbon – from the fulfilment centre where an item is picked off the shelf, to the materials used to package the item and the mode of transportation that gets the package to the customer’s door.
We use a comprehensive, hybrid carbon footprint approach to transform physical and financial data into emissions measurements for Amazon’s specific business activities. This allows us to calculate Amazon’s total impact on the climate, map the largest activities contributing to this impact, and develop meaningful carbon reduction strategies to reach net-zero carbon emissions across our business by 2040.
We rolled out the first of our electric vehicles in Los Angeles in February 2021 and will expand to up to 15 additional US cities by the end of the year. We plan to have 10,000 vehicles on the road as early as 2022 and 100,000 vehicles deployed by 2030.
Delivering Packages in Electric Vehicles
20 millionPackages delivered by electric vehiclesAmazon already operates thousands of electric vehicles worldwide, delivering more than 20 million packages in electric vehicles to customers across North America and Europe in 2020.
See how we put our scale and inventive culture to work on building a sustainable future.
Reuse to recycle! Amazon customers can now repurpose packaging from received deliveries.
As part of our commitment to improving environmental conditions in the communities in which it operates, Amazon has committed €20 million in funding for nature-based projects across Europe.
Amazon will donate £5 to WRAP for each electrical and electronic device recycled via our take-back programmeWe’re celebrating UK Recycle Week by donating to WRAP for every item recycled through our take-back programme until 31 October 2021.