Sustainability in Europe
At Amazon, we are committed to and invested in sustainability because it’s a win all around—it’s good for business, the planet, our customers, and our communities. In Europe, we are working to make changes in every way we can to protect the planet.
Sustainability News from Europe
Amazon goes above and beyond to ensure our customers receive their products fast, safe and sound. Our packaging plays a significant role in our customer satisfaction goals. However, did you know that you can reuse the Amazon packaging you receive to recycle small electrical and electronic equipment?
Sustainability Highlights in Europe
2,700+MegawattsGenerated from renewable energy investments with wind and solar projects across Europe
34On-Site Solar SystemsPowering facilities across Europe with solar energy
200KProduct DonationsProvided to local charities through our partnership with In Kind Direct International
2,600+Sustainability AmbassadorsWorking to expand the efforts of our global teams that manage Amazon’s environmental and social impacts
Sustainable Transportation in Europe
Transportation is a major component of Amazon’s business operations and a key part of our plan to reach net-zero carbon by 2040.
Renewable Energy Projects in Europe
Wind and solar projects in Europe are part of Amazon’s commitment to reach 100% renewable energy across our global infrastructure.
- IrelandAmazon has announced two renewable energy projects in Ireland—wind farms in the cities of Cork and Donegal. Once complete, the wind farm in Cork will provide 23.2 megawatts (MW) of renewable capacity, with expected generation of 68,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean energy annually. The 91.2 MW wind farm in Donegal is expected to deliver clean energy by the end of 2021 and will be built without any subsidies.
“By 2030, 70% of Ireland’s electricity will come from renewable sources,” said Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, TD. “Today that figure is at 30%. We must step up our ambition across the board. Projects led by the corporate sector will be a crucial part of our overall plan to deliver on this target. This announcement by Amazon is a landmark deal in Ireland, the first such corporate agreement in our country to provide unsubsidized renewable energy.”
- ItalyOn-site solar panels are installed on the rooftops of eight fulfillment centers across Italy. Depending on the specific project, time of year, and other factors, a rooftop solar system can generate as much as 80% of a single facility’s annual energy needs.
- NetherlandsAs of June 2021, Amazon’s largest renewable energy investment is a wind project in the Netherlands. Scheduled for operation by 2024, this offshore wind farm will have an overall capacity of 759 MW. Amazon is purchasing more than half of that capacity—a total of 380 MW—to power our operations in Europe.
- SpainOur first operational off-site project in Europe is the Alcalá de Guadaira solar park in Spain. This solar project provides 149 MW of renewable energy for Amazon logistics facilities and AWS data centers in Spain, equivalent to the energy needed to supply more than 30,000 Spanish homes.
- SwedenAmazon has committed to buying the energy from a 91 MW wind project in Bäckhammar, Sweden. A second project in Västernorrland, Sweden will deliver 122 MW from an onshore wind farm, expected to come online 2022. These projects will supply renewable energy to the grids powering AWS data centers that support Amazon and millions of AWS customers globally.
“Sweden has long been known for ambitious renewable energy goals, and this new wind farm [in Bäckhammar] showcases both our country’s leadership and AWS’s commitment to renewable energy,” said Anders Ygeman, Sweden’s Minister for Energy and Digital Development. “This is a significant step in Sweden’s renewable energy production as we work toward our target of 100% renewable energy by 2040.”
- United KingdomIn 2020, we unveiled Amazon’s largest solar rooftop installation in Europe at a fulfillment center in the UK. The facility is outfitted with more than 11,500 solar panels, which generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 700 homes in the UK for one year.
In Ireland, AWS is collaborating with the City of Dublin, the South Dublin County Council, and Fortum, a Finnish energy supply company, to bring district heating to South Dublin. By the end of 2021, recycled heat from an AWS data center will provide a low-carbon, low-cost source of heat for public sector, residential, and commercial customers in the Dublin suburb of Tallaght. This custom-built district heating scheme—the first of its kind in Ireland—helps support the country’s renewable energy targets.
AWS is working with the Swedish municipality of Katrineholm and local water supply company Sörmland Vatten to support a vital upgrade of the town’s stormwater infrastructure, creating a new wetland just outside of Katrineholm in Stora Djulö. The project is due for completion in 2026 and will help reduce flooding, improve water quality and biodiversity, and provide citizens with a new recreational space for outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and birdwatching.
"This project will improve our management of storm water and provide our citizens with a new place for recreation and education. With support from AWS, we’ve been able to accelerate the launch of this project."
Mayor of Katrineholm
More than 7,500 Amazonians have joined together as Sustainability Ambassadors—a grassroots organization of sustainability-minded employees working to expand the efforts of our global teams that manage Amazon’s environmental and social impacts.
Ambassadors in our operations organization focus on sustainability projects that help sites reduce carbon and operational waste. One example comes from an Ambassador team in Poland, where members redesigned the waste segregation process in their fulfillment center, improving waste recycling rates by more than 90%.
At a fulfillment center in France, team members installed a food waste composter for associates to use at the end of their break times, generating compost that our associates are able to take home for their gardens. This solution is now being tested for adoption across our fulfillment centers in Canada.
An Ambassador team in Italy identified the challenge of recycling personal protective equipment used to keep employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team found a waste services provider and set up a process to collect the used equipment, turning hard hats, gloves, and safety shoes into materials used for soundproofing walls and soft flooring for children’s play areas.