Amazon’s Expansion and its Efforts to Fight Against Climate Change

William Leach, Writer

     Amazon is one of the biggest and most well-known companies in modern history. Amazon, originally an online book retailer, is now the biggest online retailer in the world. With over 2.65 billion visits a month and over 100 million people currently using their Prime service, traffic to the site is huge. Amazon recently announced same-day shipping for eligible Prime items in large areas, resulting in more and more delivery trucks.  Does all of this traffic and constant delivery have any effect on the environment? 

     In years past, emission levels have been big issues for companies like Amazon. Amazon doesn’t use its own delivery service but takes advantage of over 30,000 vehicles provided by multiple third party companies. These vehicles, while efficient, release tons of emissions a day, causing severe effects on our climate. Along with the emissions from the delivery trucks, the Amazon buildings scattered across the U.S. also use tons of natural resources to power its facilities. This could be considered a bigger problem than anything else Amazon has to deal with. 

     Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is tackling climate change is a very smart way. CNBC writer Annie Palmer writes, “Bezos expects 80% of Amazon’s energy use to come from renewable sources by 2024, up from a current rate of 40%, before transitioning to zero emissions by 2040.”. These efforts follow the Paris Climate Act, a pledge taken by many countries to reduce carbon emissions and natural resource use substantially. Bezos wants to reach these goals 10 years ahead of schedule, a monumental feat.

   In conclusion, Amazon is the biggest company in the world and it’s being led by smart and efficient people who care about the future of our planet. With billions of website visits monthly and thousands of delivery trucks being driven every day, they’re doing the best they can do with their circumstances. Bezos and his company are reducing carbon emissions from Amazon to zero by 2040, 10 years ahead of most other major companies. Amazon and its affiliate companies are taking steps in the right direction to help climate change and have a brighter future for the next generation of kids.