Sustainability in India
Amazon India is committed to sustainability and has taken several steps to build more sustainable operations across the country. This includes initiatives in packaging, electric mobility, renewable energy, water conservation, and awareness building through community efforts.
Sustainability News from India
ION Energy is the first India-based startup supported by The Climate Pledge Fund, a $2 billion investment program to help develop sustainable and decarbonizing tech and services.
Sustainability Highlights in India
10,000Electric VehiclesWill be added to Amazon India's existing fleet by 2025. The roll-out will include 3-wheeler and 4-wheeler electric vehicles designed and manufactured in India.
40Solar Energy Systems DonatedServing 19 government schools and one mini planetarium in Maharashtra, these solar energy systems support the needs of 2,500 school children and community members in 24 villages.
100+Cities with Packaging-Free ShippingPackaging-free shipments are available in 100+ cities in India, reducing single-use plastic from packaging in fulfillment centers.
Sustainability Initiatives in India
- Solar PowerOur operations team in India began installing solar arrays on buildings in 2017. As of June 2021, eight fulfillment centers and five sortation centers together produce a total of nearly 12 megawatts of solar energy to power operations in the buildings. Spanning facilities in Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Mumbai, these solar arrays support the annual energy needs related to fulfilling orders, reducing dependence on conventional sources of energy.
- Energy EfficiencyAcross facilities in India, an advanced energy management system provides building operators with a dashboard that enables them to optimize energy use and identify opportunities for further savings. Sensors ensure lighting and climate controls are only used when buildings are occupied.
Our sortation center in Delhi—where associates sort customer orders by final destination and consolidate them onto trucks for faster delivery—was awarded a Gold rating by the Indian Green Building Council for its exemplary performance on energy and resource efficiency. Constructed with locally-sourced materials and outfitted with high-efficiency plumbing and electrical equipment, the facility uses about 30% less energy and water than a typical building of its size.
- Water ConservationMany of our fulfillment centers have the ability to collect and recycle water on-site. We do this with rainwater collection tanks or recharge wells, which send water back into aquifers, and in-house sewage treatment plants, making it possible to reuse water for flushing and gardening. We have also implemented waterless urinals in our fulfillment and sort centers along with water restrictors for taps and water efficient faucets.
- Packaging-Free ShipmentsAmazon eliminated single-use, thin film plastics in packaging in 2020 by replacing plastic materials like bubble wrap and air pillows with paper cushions and introducing plastic-free, biodegradable tape. To reduce the need for packaging at all, we have developed a model for packaging-free shipping across more than 100 Indian cities, delivering orders in their original packaging using protective containers that delivery drivers can reuse.
- Community EngagementAmazon India is working to expand clean energy beyond our fulfillment centers, donating solar energy systems to 19 government schools and one mini planetarium in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra. This infrastructure supports the needs of children in schools and other members of local communities in 24 villages, benefiting more than 2,500 people across the Haryana and Maharashtra provinces. In addition, we partnered with local organizations and engaged Amazon volunteers to construct a sewage treatment plant in Bangalore to support the cleanup of Mahadevpura Lake. We are also planting more than 10,000 saplings around our Indian fulfillment centers as part of our reforestation efforts.
We are adding 10,000 electric vehicles to our existing fleet by 2025, including two-wheeler, three-wheeler, and four-wheeler vehicles designed and manufactured by local manufacturers. Hundreds of these vehicles are now on the road, operated by Amazon India’s network of Delivery Service Partners in more than 20 cities across the country. In addition to electric vehicles, we utilize commercial compressed natural gas vehicles for deliveries across India.
"Clean mobility powered by clean energy is an important element in the action to prevent climate change. The partnership between Amazon India and Mahindra Electric is a welcome step which reaffirms India’s significant progress in the e-mobility industry, and highlights the role of auto makers and e-commerce companies to achieve our environmental sustainability goals."
Shri Nitin Gadkari
Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India
In India, Amazon Cares empowers local communities in the areas of health, education, and women’s empowerment. Many of the canteens at Amazon fulfillment centers across the Maharashtra region are led by local women who use their culinary skills to sell home-cooked meals to Amazon associates. These canteen enterprises empower local women to provide a better future for themselves and their families.
Amazon India teamed up with the city of Bangalore and United Way Bengaluru to construct an eco-friendly sewage treatment plant on Bangalore’s Mahadevpura Lake that will clean up to 1 million liters per day. Amazon employees volunteered their time to offer hands-on support for the lake cleanup effort.
Amazon in the Community
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AmazeWITAmazeWIT is a conference we host in India bringing together women technologists, including Amazon’s technical leaders and external guests. The day-long event focuses on technology deep dives (including voice technology, machine learning, Fire OS, and others) and leadership discussions with senior Amazonians and peer companies.
AWS Think Big ExperienceThe AWS Think Big Experience encourages students to innovate and Think Big to solve real-world problems. In Mumbai, more than 1,600 students participated in the Think Big program to continue STEAM learning with smartphones and traditional telephones we provided. Students completed 59 STEAM projects, competing in and winning online science competitions. We helped participating students learn virtually, providing data packages for more than 300 students’ phones and donating 430 tablets to students who had no access to devices. The region’s mobile Think Big Space on wheels regularly visits communities in order for small groups of students to continue their experiments safely.
Amazon Saheli enables women to become successful selling partners in Amazon’s store, offering a wide selection of unique regional products by women entrepreneurs.