Amazon 2020 Sustainability Report

Investing towards ambitious action

In 2019, Amazon co-founded The Climate Pledge—a commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across their business by 2040 and an open invitation for others to sign on to this new level of ambition.

As part of their path to the Pledge, Amazon has made significant commitments
toward reaching their goal in the areas of renewable energy, shipment zero (making 50% of all shipments net-zero carbon), and reaching net-zero carbon emissions across operations.

  • Delivered more than 20 million packages to customers in electric vehicles in 2020
  • Deliver 27 million MWh of energy annually through their global solar and wind projects
  • Secured naming rights to Climate Pledge Arena, the world’s first net-zero carbon certified arena
  • Arlington HQ is powered by 100% renewable energy
  • AWS’s infrastructure is 3.6x more energy-efficient than the median of U.S. enterprise data centers surveyed
  • Reuse 96% of cooling water generated from data centers
  • Reduced the weight of outbound packaging by more than 36% in 2020
  • Eliminated more than 27 million plastic bags from device packaging in 2020
  • Sourced more than 97% of wood fiber packaging responsibly or recycled for 2020 Echo and Fire TV devices
  • Offer 75K Climate Pledge Friendly products as of June 2021


Renewable energy reached across the business in 2020


Tons of packaging material eliminated since 2015

We’ve decided to use our size and scale to make a difference.

Jeff Bezos

Founder & CEO

Amazon made significant progress towards reducing the carbon intensity of their business activities in 2020 following their investments in large-scale, long-term decarbonization solutions. They also saw a decrease in the absolute emissions from purchased electricity—a result of their investments in global renewable energy projects that came online in 2020—despite increasing their buildings’ square footage to keep pace with business growth. By 2030, they aim to deploy 100,000 custom electric delivery vehicles.

Amazon is continually focusing on minimizing waste, increasing recycling, and providing options for customers to reuse, repair, and recycle their products. They are working to send less material to the landfill and more back into the circular economy loop. In addition, they’ve made significant investments to support other companies and subsidiaries to contribute to the change. Their co-founded 2019 Right Now Climate Fund invests $100 million in reforestation projects and climate mitigation solutions. 

In 2020, Amazon launched The Climate Pledge Fund to support the development of sustainable and decarbonizing technologies and services. This dedicated investment program—with an initial $2 billion in funding—invests in visionary companies whose products and solutions will facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy. 


If a company with as much physical infrastructure as Amazon—which delivers more than 10 billion items a year—can meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early, then any company can.

Jeff Bezos

Founder & CEO