Amazon’s carbon emissions increased by 18% in 2021


Amazon.com Inc. said its carbon footprint grew 18% in 2021 as the company’s rapid growth during the pandemic outpaced budding efforts to reduce its contribution to global-warming emissions.

The world’s largest online retailer emitted 71.54 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent last year, Amazon revealed Monday in an updated edition of its sustainability report. That’s an increase of around 40% since the company first disclosed the figure, with data from 2019.

Amazon’s carbon intensity – a metric that divides its emissions by gross merchandise sales – fell 1.9%, an indication of the company’s success in delivering products and running its warehouses more efficiently. , data centers and offices.

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Amazon aims to become a “net zero” emitter of greenhouse gases by 2040. In addition to reducing emissions with electric vehicles and other operational initiatives, Amazon plans to purchase credits tied to projects that eliminate carbon from the atmosphere. Net zero engagement presents a huge challenge for a company looking to grow like a startup and operates a cargo airline, a sprawling retail and logistics company, grocery stores and data centers.

Amazon’s accounting of its carbon footprint includes emissions generated by its own offices and data centers, purchased electricity, exhaust emissions from delivery partners, and manufacturing of Amazon-branded products, among others. Unlike some retailers, the Seattle-based company doesn’t try to account for the emissions that go into making the products it sells, with the exception of private label merchandise.

“The challenges we collectively face on the path to net zero carbon are significant,” Amazon said in its report. “Many new technologies show promise in their ability to reduce carbon emissions, but may still require significant development.”

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