Amazon’s Carbon Footprint Increases, How Tesla Lost The Affordable Electric Vehicle Race And Generac’s Home Microgrids

A 750,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Illinois.

In 2019, Amazon founded The Climate Pledge. This pledge is a commitment to zero carbon emissions by 2040. The company’s carbon footprint has increased nearly 40% since then. According to Amazon’s sustainability report, Amazon’s carbon footprint grew from 51.17 million to 71.54 million metric tons in 2019 to 71.54million metric tons by 2021. Amazon claimed its rise was due to its cloud and consumer e-commerce businesses. This required the building of new facilities and expanding its transportation network.

The report suggested that companies be evaluated on how they reduce “carbon intensity,” or total carbon emissions per dollar of gross product sales. This is a way to distract from the overall carbon footprint. Amazon’s carbon intensity has decreased over the past year, but it was less than its annual change. Amazon’s carbon intensity decreased by more than 16% between 2019 and 2020. The decrease was 1.9% from 2020-2021

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Adam Collins
Adam writes about technology, business and economics. With master's degree in Economics, he's presented six papers in international conferences. As a solivagant in the constant state of fernweh, curiosity is the main weapon in his arsenal.

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