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Amazon said its carbon emissions rose 19 percent last year despite a drop in global pollution and the company publicly pledged to go green.

The Seattle-based e-tailing giant – whose business exploded last year on rising demand for home-delivered goods from locked-down consumers – said it spewed 60.64 metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2020. This made the Amazon a bigger polluter than the entire country. such as Ireland, Portugal and Singapore, according to the European Union data.

According to the company, Amazon’s 2020 emissions represent a dramatic increase from the 51.17 million metric tons of carbon the company released in 2019 and 44.40 metric tons it expelled in 2018. sustainability report Released on Wednesday.

While the Amazon’s carbon footprint expanded, total global emissions fell by an astonishing 7 percent in 2020 – the biggest drop in history.

Amazon truck outside a warehouse.
The Amazon emitted a total of 60.64 metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2020.
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The Amazon report has been released amid a heat wave in the US and Canada that has killed more than 100 people and shattered an all-time temperature record in the company’s hometown of Seattle.

Amazon has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2040 and power all of its business activities through renewable energy by 2025. As part of that push, the company is buying energy capacity from solar and wind plants around the world.

While Wednesday’s report suggests Amazon still has a long way to go before reaching its climate goals, the company insists it is moving in the right direction.

Jeff Bezos
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos stressed that the company is making progress on its climate goals.
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As proof that Amazon is becoming more energy efficient as it expands, the firm pointed to the fact that a metric called “carbon intensity”—which tracks carbon emissions per dollar sold There has been a decline of 16 percent from 2019 to 2020.

“Investing in green technologies is the right thing to do for the planet and citizens – as well as the long-term success of businesses of all sizes, in all industries everywhere,” said founder Jeff Bezos, who is preparing to step down as CEO. Explosion in space, said in June.

An Amazon truck.
As proof that Amazon is becoming more energy efficient as it expands, the firm pointed to the fact that a metric called “carbon intensity”—which tracks carbon emissions per dollar sold There has been a decline of 16 percent from 2019 to 2020.
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