Energy & Environment

Amazon aims to cut shipment carbon footprint in half by 2030

Major online retailer Amazon is making a push to halve the carbon footprint of its shipments by 2030.

The company, which relies largely on shipping packages across the globe, said Monday it ultimately aims to make all its shipments carbon neutral.

The new push, titled "Shipment Zero," ultimately aims to make all of the retailer's shipments have a carbon footprint of zero. The company says it plans to meet its 2030 goal by utilizing electric vans, using renewable energy sources such as solar power and pushing more retailers to reuse packaging. It also hopes the rise of aircraft biofuels will aid in its plan.

"It won't be easy to achieve this goal, but it's worth being focused and stubborn on this vision and we're committed to seeing it through," Amazon said in a statement.

The company plans to start with transparency by publishing its overall carbon footprint later in the year. The data release will follow a two-year project by the company to better understand its own source of carbon use.

"We believe that lower costs include lowering the costs to the environment we all live and work in every day. We'll keep you posted as we work towards achieving Shipment Zero," Amazon said.

Amazon is joining a number of national retailers like McDonalds, Coca-Cola and Starbucks that are aiming to cut down on their impact to the globe through recycling, ditching plastics, using renewable energy and cutting back on emissions.

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