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Amazon would have generated as much greenhouse gases as Portugal in 2018

2019-11-24T16:04:47.613Z

In a report published this Sunday, November 24, the associations Attac and the Friends of the Earth and the Union Syndicale Solidaires denounced the social and environmental impact of the online distribution giant Amazon, which has his refuted side ...



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An Amazon parcel photographed in Manhattan in 2016 (illustration image). REUTERS / Mike Segar / Photo File

In a report published Sunday, November 24, the associations Attac and Friends of the Earth and the Union Syndicale Solidaires denounced the social and environmental impact of the online retail giant Amazon, which in turn refuted this information " Misleading ".

" The world according to Amazon is not viable, " wrote in a report compiling different data Associations Attac, Friends of the Earth and Union Syndicale Solidaires. The three organizations notably criticize the company's " very heavy environmental impact ", whose boss Jeff Bezos promised that it would reach carbon neutrality in 2040.

Among the practices that have been singled out is the rapid delivery of " source of greenhouse gas emissions " and the destruction of unsold goods. Attac, the Friends of the Earth and Union Syndicale Solidaires, who intend to turn Black Friday into a " black day for Amazon " via " dozens of actions " in France, also denounce a lack of transparency of Amazon on its carbon footprint.

55.8 tonnes of greenhouse gases

Organizations cross-referenced " public data and estimates " to obtain an " order of magnitude " for Amazon's data storage activity. According to their calculations, it generated " 55.8 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2018, the equivalent of Portugal's emissions ".

► See also: M6 revelations about Amazon's industrial waste

" We refute this misleading information that includes many factual errors and unfounded speculation ," responded Amazon. Jeff Bezos announced on September 19 the initiative "The Climate Pledge", a campaign to reach ten years ahead of the climate commitments of the Paris agreement.

Source: rfi

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