(CTN News) – Amazon is taking a strategic approach to its environmental efforts by increasing its utilization of rail transportation in Europe.
While trucks still play a crucial role in its last-mile operations, the company has successfully migrated approximately 50% of its volumes to rail and sea transport. This shift has allowed Amazon to distribute its products through over 100 rail lanes.
The e-commerce giant recognizes the significant environmental benefits of this transition.
By opting for rail and sea transportation instead of relying solely on trucks, Amazon can make a substantial reduction in its carbon footprint. On average, utilizing rail and sea transport for packages and inventory results in nearly a 50% decrease in carbon emissions.
In 2023, Amazon plans to continue transferring thousands of truckloads via sea and rail in Europe, leading to the saving of thousands of tons of CO₂ emissions.
Rail has proven to be an increasingly crucial component of the supply chain, with its recent surge in Europe adding to the significant growth recorded in 2020.
However, Amazon’s rail logistics efforts are not limited to Europe alone.
Earlier this year, the company initiated a partnership with Indian Railways’ Dedicated Freight Corridor, specifically operating on the Rewari-Palanpur route.
Jaya Verma, a board member of Indian Railways, emphasized the advantages of the Dedicated Freight Corridor, stating that its faster speeds, efficiency, and reliability would facilitate India in the efficient and timely movement of packages.
In addition to rail, Amazon has also established a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India’s Inland Waterways Authority to promote the transportation of goods through the country’s extensive barge network, particularly utilizing the waterways of the Ganga, including National Waterway 1.
Considering the availability of inland waterway barge networks across mainland Europe, sources suggest that there may be potential for Amazon to expand its operations in that region as well.