Delivering Shipment Zero
Shipment Zero is Amazon’s vision to make all Amazon shipments net zero carbon, with a goal of delivering 50% of shipments with net zero carbon by 2030.
What is Shipment Zero?
Shipment Zero means that the fulfilment operations we undertake to deliver a customer’s order 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 are working to launch Shipment Zero deliveries in Europe and the U.S., followed by India, Japan, and all other geographies where we operate across the globe.
The emissions sources considered in scope for Shipment Zero are:
- Electricity emissions from powering operations facilities and vehicle charging;
- Transportation tailpipe emissions from the burning of fossil fuels in vehicles that transport shipments from inventory to the customer;
- Emissions from manufacturing and transporting the materials used in outbound packaging.
- Fulfilment centres where Amazon associates pick, pack and dispatch customer orders.
- Sortation centres where customer orders are sorted by final destination and then consolidated for delivery;
- Delivery stations where orders are prepared for last-mile delivery to a customer’s door.
A second option is to ship in carbon neutral packaging that is made of net zero carbon materials, is produced with zero carbon emissions, and is delivered to Amazon fulfilment facilities using zero carbon. While we work to increase SIOC-certified products, expand packaging-free shipping programmes, and develop carbon neutral packaging solutions, we will continue to pursue packaging improvements by optimising the size and weight of shipping materials, inventing new recyclable mailers, and working with suppliers to streamline and innovate product packaging.
Amazon’s order of 100,000 electric delivery vehicles in 2019 is a major stride towards zero carbon transportation across our global network, and we are proud to operate many electric vans and trucks today. We also leverage innovative technology to maximise efficiency on the road and reduce delivery distances by placing delivery stations close to large Amazon customer populations.