Commercial, GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables - October 31, 2022
Amazon Facility Seeks Carbon Certification
One of Amazon’s newest Same-Day sites in Sacramento, California—known as SCA5, will be the first logistics facility in the world to pursue ILFI Zero Carbon Certification and will be outfitted with technology that helps it reduce carbon emissions and operate more efficiently.
“This new facility represents a leap forward in sustainable construction for our global operations, which we intend to use as a model for future buildings across Amazon, as we continue working towards meeting our Climate Pledge commitment to be net-zero carbon across our operations by 2040,” said Kara Hurst, vice president of worldwide sustainability at Amazon, in a statement. “To reach Zero Carbon Certification and minimize our impact, the facility was built using more sustainable building materials like lower carbon concrete, fully electrified HVAC system, and high-efficiency material handling equipment. It is powered with 100% renewable energy, and uses smart irrigation systems that sense moisture and rain to reduce water usage.”
The LFI Zero Carbon Certification is the first worldwide Zero Carbon third-party certified standard. This requires a building to achieve energy and embodied carbon reduction targets, be powered by 100% renewable energy, and offset 100% of emissions associated with construction.
Amazon expects SCA5 to receive ILFI certification in 2023 after one full year of being fully operational.
The company reduced its environmental impact by making the building all-electric, decreasing the site’s energy consumption; eliminating fossil fuel combustion from normal operations; and decreasing the embodied carbon emitted throughout the building materials supply chain.
The site will be powered by 100% renewable energy. The building is solar-ready and designed to have a rooftop solar array that can generate as much as 80% of the facility’s annual energy needs with the balance to be supported by Amazon’s off-site renewable energy projects.
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