April 2, 2022

Amazon Climate Pledge…. again.

April 2, 2022

Amazon Climate Pledge…. again.

April 2, 2022

Amazon has announced this week that it has stopped packaging its products in single-use plastic delivery bags and envelopes in the UK. This includes third party sales which are Fulfilled By Amazon (FBA).

This news comes in stark contrast to a report made just over three months ago, in which Amazon’s rapidly growing plastic pollution problem was exposed by Oceana, (a nonprofit conservation group dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the world’s oceans).

Oceana announced that they had discovered that Amazon generated 599 million pounds of packaging waste in 2020 and its effect on the world’s waterways was equivalent to tipping a delivery van’s payload of plastic into the oceans every 67 minutes.

You can see the full press release here.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ixhByoF58qB2BCQaZVIF1lB_Dv9R217i/edit

With pressure mounting from organisations such as Oceana, Amazon’s latest announcement, for many, is long overdue.

In 2019, Amazon co-founded “The Climate Pledge” to “achieve net-zero carbon emissions across our business by 2040” 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement (the international treaty on climate change).

Amazon has also recently announced use of the first electric vehicle in its UK fleet so it would appear steps are being taken towards the pledges that have been made.

However, some environmentalists claim that these announcements from Amazon are simply “virtue signalling” and serve only to whitewash the truth of the matter:- that Amazon is already drastically under-representing its carbon footprint.

https://revealnews.org/article/private-report-shows-how-amazon-drastically-undercounts-its-carbon-footprint/

A detailed report on the transparency and integrity of Amazon’s climate pledges to date can be found in a report made by the NewClimate Institute here:

https://newclimate.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/CorporateClimateResponsibilityMonitor2022.pdf

Some state that Amazon should be made to pay reparations for the damage it has done to date. With such huge profits being made, why has nothing been done to rectify the damage done so far?

Should Amazon be made to contribute toward fixing the huge problem we face in the world’s oceans or is it enough to simply make pledges about the future and take slow steps towards carbon neutrality?

If they made the mess, why aren’t they cleaning it up?

The real question on the minds of environmentalists the world over is whether this is too little or too late.

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