Amazon goods are shipped overseas on polluting ships that use some of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuels, making Amazon a Prime climate and air polluter.
Amazon’s Climbing Climate Emissions
As emissions from Amazon’s e-commerce climb each day, the climate emergency grows more severe. Amazon’s dependence on fossil-fueled ocean shipping is not only accelerating our climate emergency, but is also disproportionately polluting the air in ports and coastal communities and low-income communities of color.
In 2019 alone, Amazon’s use of dirty ships emitted nearly 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere—and that’s just for its imports into the U.S.
Taking Amazon’s Climate Pledge to the Seas
Amazon’s Climate Pledge is a powerful signal of the company’s commitment to climate leadership—but it fails to address Amazon’s addiction to dirty, dangerous and dirt-cheap ocean shipping. As more and more consumers choose to Prime their goods and those goods are shipped on fossil-fueled ships, Amazon’s actions to clean up after their climate and air quality impact fall far short.
Amazon has yet to take action to clean up its ocean shipping pollution. We know that Amazon’s impact on our climate and the air in our communities is outsized—and so is their responsibility to step up and lead the industry toward a zero-emissions solution.
Amazon’s Zero-Emissions Opportunity
Amazon is a retailer defined by firsts. It should be the first retail leader to get its ships off fossil fuels and commit to zero-emissions ocean shipping. We urge Amazon to:
1. End Port Pollution Now: Use clean energy and electrification in major ports.
2. Abandon Dirty Ships: Stop moving products on fossil-fueled ships.
3. Put Zero at the Helm: Commit to 100% zero-emission shipping by 2030.
Take Action Now
@Amazon’s #ClimatePledge still includes shipping products overseas on polluting ships fueled by the world’s dirtiest fuels. This isn’t climate leadership. Tell @Amazon to #AbandonDirtyShips and commit to #ShipItZero.TWEET
In 2019, @Amazon’s fossil-fueled ships emitted 400,000 tons of CO2, making Amazon a Prime polluter.
It’s time Amazon takes its Climate Pledge to the seas & commits to 100% #ZeroEmissions shipping by 2030.TWEET
.@Amazon is a leader in innovation…and pollution.
Set the bar high: make a bold, public commitment to #AbandonDirtyShips now & lead innovation once again: commit to 100% #ZeroEmissions shipping by 2030.TWEET