• From the Seattle Times:
"Amazon on Tuesday reported a slight drop in greenhouse gas emissions, a milestone that comes as climate change activists pressure the company to do more.
"The company’s carbon emissions dropped by 0.4% in 2022 compared with 2021, but its total footprint remains millions of metric tons larger than in past years, according to Amazon’s sustainability report released Tuesday. Its carbon footprint totaled 71.3 million metric tons last year, down from the 71.5 million it recorded in 2021.
"The modest decrease is a shift for the company, which saw carbon emissions grow by roughly 10 million metric tons annually between 2019 and 2021.
Kara Hurst, Amazon’s vice president of worldwide sustainability, said the reversal indicates the company is 'making the right decisions' as it works to reduce its impact on the climate. Amazon pledged in 2019 to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 as part of its Climate Pledge that now has 390 participating companies. Net zero broadly means reaching a balance between the greenhouse gases going into the climate and those coming out.
"But Amazon has faced scrutiny for years as some say it is moving too slowly to change its operations, with some casting doubt on how the company calculates its carbon emissions and others questioning its commitment to reaching net zero. Activists have asked the company to move up its timeline for achieving the goal to 2030."