Amazon aims to make half of shipments carbon-neutral by 2030

Inside an Amazon fulfillment centre.

Amazon wants to cut its carbon footprint by making half of its shipments carbon-neutral by 2030 as part of a new initiative the tech giant has called “Shipment Zero”.

The Seattle-based company said that thanks to advances in electric vehicles, aviation bio fuels, reusable packaging, and renewable energy, it can now see a path to “net zero carbon delivery of shipments to customers”.

To keep track of the progress, Amazon plans on publishing its company-wide carbon footprint, along with related goals and programs, later this year.

Amazon says that the initiative follows “an extensive project over the past two years” to develop an “advanced scientific model” that carefully maps its carbon footprint to provide business teams with detailed information to help them identify ways to reduce carbon use in their businesses.

Dave Clark, Amazon SVP of Worldwide Operations, said:

“We aren’t going at this alone. We will continue to use our scale and the feedback customers share with us to enable and encourage suppliers up and down our supply chain to reduce their own environmental impact, just as we’ve done with programs like Ship in Own Container and Frustration Free Packaging.”

He added, “We believe that lower costs include lowering the costs to the environment we all live and work in every day. We’ll keep you posted as we work towards achieving Shipment Zero.”