eMAG neutralized the carbon footprint generated by its offsetting operations. Moreover, the company is committed to reducing the carbon footprint of products and services across the entire supply chain to zero over the next 10 years. In the last year, the eMAG Group has managed to reduce emissions from its operations by 8%, from 9,993 tonnes in 2019 to 9,216 in 2020, according to Ernst & Young Amsterdam calculations.
Achieving the “zero net” goal in terms of the direct impact of eMAG operations is part of a comprehensive plan of environmental protection measures applied in three main areas of impact: sustainable operations, launching an Environmental Commitment and supporting locally sustainable initiatives.
“We are transforming our operations to reduce carbon emissions and we will help our partners to do the same through the Environmental Commitment. We will also support carbon caption initiatives to remain net zero for direct emissions from our business, but also to become net zero throughout the supply and sales chain,” said Tudor Manea, CEO of eMAG.
To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, eMAG has already taken a number of measures involving a sustainable approach, such as the easybox network, which has now reached over 1,000 units across the country.
Through them, the level of direct carbon emissions for operations in Romania was significantly reduced by 15.8%. The impact is generated by last mile deliveries, given that a courier performs a single route to deliver a larger number of packages to easybox, a situation in which emissions are reduced by 95% compared to a standard delivery, according to a study from 2019. Efforts to reduce the level of pollution in urban centers and reduce the carbon footprint were also supported by investing in the fleet of 100% electric vehicles. By the end of 2021, eMAG plans to expand its fleet of electric cars to 100 vehicles, which will replace conventional ones. Equally, eMAG has invested in infrastructure with low impact on the environment, such as the logistics center in Joița commune which will be fully supplied with energy from renewable sources generated on site. It will have a total of 40,000 photovoltaic panels and a 10-hectare afforestation project.