Amazon Fresh Location Receives Zero Carbon Certification - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions  -  October 17, 2023

Amazon Fresh Location Receives Zero Carbon Certification

A Seattle Amazon Fresh location received a Zero Carbon Certification from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), making it the first Amazon building to receive the certification. 

The Seattle grocery store was designed with sustainability features and saved 100 tons of CO2e since it opened in 2022.

The 35,000-square-foot store opened in 2022 on Aurora Avenue in North Seattle and its sustainable features include a natural-refrigerant-based refrigeration system, all-electric kitchen and hot water heating systems, electric-vehicle charging for customers, and low-carbon concrete floors.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the team and everyone involved in this achievement,” said Tony Hoggett, senior vice president of Amazon’s Worldwide Grocery Stores, in a statement. “At Amazon, we’re building a best-in-class grocery shopping experience, and part of that is bringing customers more sustainable options across our stores. Enacting initiatives that support Amazon’s commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040, like the Zero Carbon Certification, are a win for our planet.”

ILFI’s Zero Carbon Certification is a globally applicable standard mandating combustion-free systems, reductions in operational and embodied carbon impacts of a building, and measured achievement through demonstrated data. Its certification includes a highly rigorous standard for validating building decarbonization efforts.

To achieve the certification, the Amazon Fresh store operations were reviewed for 12 consecutive months.

Three Los Angeles-area Amazon Go locations, an Amazon Same-Day site in Sacramento, and Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle are currently on track to receive Zero Carbon Certification from ILFI.

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