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Amazon sets aggressive supply chain carbon initiative

BY Dan Berthiaume

Amazon intends to dramatically reduce the carbon emissions of its delivery activities.

The e-tail giant is launching a new program called “Shipment Zero.” 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. Shipment Zero is part of a larger long-term goal for Amazon to have net zero carbon emissions for all deliveries and to power 100% of its global infrastructure using 100% renewable energy.

Amazon is launching Shipment Zero after spending two years developing an advanced scientific model to map its carbon footprint to provide business teams with detailed information to help them identify ways to reduce carbon use in their businesses.

Amazon already operates 11 solar and wind farms in Indiana, Virginia, Ohio, Texas and North Carolina. The company is also in the process of installing at least 50 solar systems on the rooftops of its fulfillment and sortation centers by 2020. In addition, Amazon works directly with manufacturers to reduce packaging and supply chain waste.

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 plans to publicly share its company-wide carbon footprint, along with related goals and programs, later this year.

“Customers are always going to want more selection, faster delivery speed, and lower costs,” Dave Clark senior VP of Amazon worldwide operations, said in a corporate blog post. “We believe that lower costs include lowering the costs to the environment we all live and work in every day.”

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