Amazon introduces Shipment Zero initiative

In a recent blog, online giant Amazon has unveiled an initiative aimed at making at least 50% of all its shipments emission-free or ‘net zero carbon’ by 2030. The project name is ‘Shipment Zero’.

Shipment Zero is in line with Amazon’s ambitions to use 100% renewable energy worldwide. To demonstrate that it means business, Amazon has also announced that it will disclose its company-wide COfootprint later this year. This transparency will further stimulate the company to look for innovative ways to reduce its environmental impact.

According to the blog, Amazon is making solid progress towards its long-term goal of powering its global infrastructure using 100% renewable energy: “With improvements in electric vehicles, aviation bio fuels, reusable packaging and renewable energy, for the first time we can now see a path to net zero carbon delivery of shipments to customers, and we are setting an ambitious goal for ourselves to reach 50% of all Amazon shipments with net zero carbon by 2030.”

Greater supply chain efficiency

Amazon hopes that measures such as the centralization of its entire air fleet in the USA as well as investments in double-decker trucks in the UK will inspire other companies to look for greater supply chain efficiency too. In addition, the Frustration-Free Packaging programme has already led to a reduction of 215,000 tonnes of packaging material.

Besides that, transport companies working for Amazon must sign a contract obliging them to buy sustainable fuel. Furthermore, the company is looking to adapt existing buildings to improve energy efficiency, such as by investigating the use of renewable energy in its data centers and exploring solar and wind energy sources in the USA and India.

Source: Supply Chain Digital