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How's Amazon Really Doing on Renewables?

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A woman works at a distrubiton station at the 855,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City, on Feb. 5. JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / Getty Images

Amazon will strive to cut carbon emissions from its shipments in half by 2030, the e-commerce giant said Monday. The retailer's plan calls for an increase in the use of electric delivery vehicles and renewable energy as well as pressuring suppliers to use less packaging.


Some advocates may question the timing of the announcement: a report released last week from Greenpeace finds that data centers in Loudon County, Virginia, which moves a large amount of the world's internet, is gobbling up electricity with a big emissions cost—particularly in the case of Amazon. "Since 2017, [Amazon] appears to have turned its back on its 100 percent renewable commitment, increasing its already massive operations in Virginia by 59 percent, without any additional renewable energy supply," the report reads.

For a deeper dive:

Plan: AP, The Hill

Greenpeace: Washington Post

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