Amazon on march to meet Shipment Zero targets

Amazon has completed the installation of 50 solar arrays on its fulfilment and sortation centres, ahead of its planned deadline of 2020.

The rooftop solar farms can generate as much as 80% of a unit’s energy needs and vastly reduced its carbon footprint.

The online giant has a policy called Shipment Zero where 50% of its shipments are to be net zero carbon by 2030. The policy also aims to use 100% renewable energy across its global operations and infrastructure.

The programme has involved installing more solar capacity in the US than any other company over the three years it took. Amazon claim that this offsets the CO2 equivalent of more than 200 million miles of truck deliveries.

“Online shopping is inherently more sustainable, and with Shipment Zero, we’re working to make all Amazon shipments net zero carbon, with 50% of all shipments net zero by 2030,” said Kara Hurst, Director of Sustainability, Amazon. “Our investments in renewable energy – including reaching our goal of 50 solar rooftop installations a year early – are another important milestone in building a more sustainable business. Thanks to all the teams working hard to deliver this – we’re going to continue our investment in renewable energy.”

Globally, Amazon has 32 rooftop systems in the U.S., 12 in the EU, and seven in India, totalling over 98 MW of installed capacity. In total, Amazon has 61 operating solar and wind projects that are expected to generate over 1,044 MW and deliver over 3.1 million MWh of energy annually.

“Corporate solar investments are surging thanks to companies like Amazon,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. “Over the past three years, Amazon has installed more solar than any other company, showing that clean energy both boosts the bottom line and helps companies meet climate commitments. We commend Amazon for its leadership on solar energy and urge other businesses to follow their example.”

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