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Amazon’s Carbon Emissions Increased 15% Amid Rapid Sales Growth

  • Company provides its first emissions data comparison
  • Sales increase outstripped annual rise in carbon emmissions
     

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Amazon.com Inc.’s carbon emissions climbed 15% last year, a measure of how hard it will be for the company to eliminate planet-warming gases and keep growing rapidly.

Amazon’s activities generated the equivalent of about 51.17 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. The company’s sustainability report, released on Tuesday, provides the first year-over-year data for Amazon’s emissions. The figure includes emissions from its operations and purchased electricity, as well as contributions from indirect sources including business travel, delivery contractors and customer trips to the company’s retail stores.