AWS to Return More Water Than it Uses by 2030

Amazon Web Services (AWS), a subsidiary of Amazon, on Monday announced it will be water-positive (water+) by 2030, returning more water to communities than it uses in its direct operations.

The company also announced its 2021 global water use efficiency (WUE) metric of 0.25 litres of water per kilowatt-hour. As part of this new commitment, AWS will report annually on its WUE metric, new water reuse and recycling efforts, new activities to reduce water consumption in its facilities, and advancements in new and existing replenishment projects.

“Water scarcity is a major issue around the world and with today’s water-positive announcement we are committing to do our part to help solve this rapidly growing challenge,” said Adam Selipsky, CEO of AWS.

AWS has been driving four key strategies in pursuit of becoming water+ by 2030: improving water efficiency, using sustainable water sources, returning water for community reuse, and supporting water replenishment projects, the company said.