E-commerce giant Amazon will present its strategy to operate entirely CO2-neutral in the long term later this year. The closest target, according to its ambitions, is to carry out half of all logistics shipments by 2030 in a climate-neutral way.
Internally, Amazon refers to the endeavour with the project name ‘Shipment Zero’. Shipment Zero is one of a series of initiatives to set up the entire Amazon organisation in a CO2-neutral way.
In the course of 2019, the e-commerce giant promises to publish the details of its current environmental impact. In addition, it will also present the goals and corresponding programmes in parts.
Dave Clark, the CEO of the operational branch of Amazon, explains: “Over the past two years, we have developed a scientific model to provide our departments with their carbon footprint. The detailed information that is provided by the carbon footprint makes it possible for our staff to map the roads in a targeted way to reduce their CO2 emissions.”
Google is CO2 neutral
Google has been CO2 neutral since 2017. Being CO2 neutral does not mean that Google does not emit any carbon dioxide at all, but that the generation of green energy and emissions are equal. For Google, the majority of these emissions are generated by the two dozen data centres that are scattered around the world. Amazon’s definitions of being CO2 neutral will be announced later this year.
The environmental impact of parcel delivery
Dutch e-commerce company Thuiswinkel.org launched the calculation tool ‘Bewust Bezorgd’ (in English: Sustainable Shipments) on the Webwinkel Vakdagen, which is the biggest e-commerce event of the Benelux. This calculation tool enables webshops and consumers to check the CO2 impact of parcel delivery and the impact of reduction measures. The calculation model was developed by Thuiswinkel.org, Connekt and Topsector Logistiek in collaboration with major online stores such as Bol.com, Wehkamp, Coolblue and Otto and carriers PostNL, DHL and Dynalogic.