Amazon’s carbon emissions rose 19% last year despite global levels falling

Amazon’s carbon emission output rose by 19 per cent last year, despite the pandemic driving a drop in global levels.

The ecommerce giant released its annual sustainability report on Wednesday in which it said its business operations emitted the equivalent of 60.64 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2020.

This figure has increased from the 51.17 million metric tons it emitted in 2019.

Global greenhouse gas emissions fell about 7 per cent last year as consumers were forced to stay indoors and businesses were told to close, this figure marks the largest decline on record.

However Amazon has cited pandemic-fueled business for its increase in carbon emissions, with the company publishing a record figure of $386 billion in revenue last year.

While the tech giant’s carbon output increased, it did manage to lower its carbon intensity, a figure used to measure emissions per dollar of sales.

This figure declines 16 per cent in 2020, which Amazon said is in line with its internal targets.

READ MORE: Amazon is destroying millions of unsold items every year

“This year-over-year carbon intensity comparison reflects our early progress to decarbonize our operations as we also continue to grow as a company,” the report said.

“Nearly half of our carbon intensity improvement is a result of our investments in renewable energy and operational efficiency enhancements.”

Amazon recently came under fire after an investigation by ITV News found that the company was destroying millions of unsold goods a year in its warehouses.

The damning footage shows an ITV undercover journalist observing the “destruction zone”, an area where millions of perfectly functional goods are destroyed in Amazon’s Dunfermline warehouse.

The video shows a shocking range of items being disposed of, including smart TV’s, drones, laptops, headphones, hairdryers and brand new books.

Greenpeace’s Sam Chetan Welsh said: “It’s an unimaginable amount of unnecessary waste, and just shocking to see a multi-billion pound company getting rid of stock in this way.”

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