Amazon aiming for first ‘zero-carbon’ delivery site

The site is looking to become the ‘world’s first’ to receive the certification

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Amazon has announced that one of its same-day delivery sites in the US is close to being certified ‘zero-carbon.’

The certification for the factory in Sacramento will come from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) if Amazon achieves it.

The facility is based right next to the homes of many Californians living in Sacramento, which has contributed to its low carbon footprint – being able to deliver products to homes within hours of purchasing without long journeys.

Low carbon concrete, electrified heating, energy efficient handling materials, entirely renewable energy to power its operations and a technology that detects moisture to cut water usage have all been implemented at the site.

Amazon is pursuing the ILFI certification and claims that if it achieves this, the facility will become the first of its kind in the world to be considered zero-carbon.

ILFI is a third-party regulator that requires the building in question to entirely offset its environmental footprint to be considered a ‘zero-emitter.’

Kara Hurst, Vice President of Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon, said: “This new facility represents a leap forward in sustainable construction for our global operations, which we intend to use as a model for future buildings across Amazon, as we continue working towards meeting our climate pledge commitment to be net zero carbon across our operations by 2040.”

ILFI’s CEO, Lindsay Baker, added: “As the first fulfilment centre to submit for ‘zero-carbon’ certification, this project is an important model for efforts to eliminate supply chain carbon pollution.”