Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon's cloud provider service, has pledged to become water positive by 2030, returning more water to communities than it needs for direct operations and supporting water replenishment projects in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The company's plan for achieving its water-positive objective will include four critical components: increasing water efficiency, utilising sustainable water sources, returning water for community reuse, and supporting water replenishment programmes.
Adam Selipsky, the chief executive officer of AWS, stated:
"Water scarcity is a huge concern on a global scale, and with today's water-positive statement, we pledge to do our share to address this quickly escalating problem. In just a few years, it is estimated that half of the world's population will reside in water-stressed areas; therefore, to ensure that all people have access to water, we must all invent novel ways to save and utilise this valuable resource. While we are pleased with our progress, we recognise that more can be done.
AWS outlined a series of water replenishment initiatives around the world, such as supporting recently launched WaterAid projects in India, working in the UK with initiatives The Rivers Trust and Action for the River Kennet to create two wetlands on a tributary of the River Thames, and in the U.S., recharging 189 million litres of groundwater per year using winter water from the Cosumnes River in collaboration with consent.
In an effort to fulfil its water reuse and recycling goal, the firm also stated that it will report annually on its worldwide water usage efficiency (WUE) statistic, which stood at 0.25 litres of water per kilowatt-hour in 2021.
According to the firm, today's announcement is in addition to Amazon's previous $10 million contribution to Water.org's Water & Climate Fund, which aims to provide climate-resilient water and sanitation solutions to 100 million people in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Water.org co-founder Matt Damon stated:
"Our partnership with Amazon is based on the shared idea that it is possible to solve the world water crisis." We applaud AWS for committing to return more water than it consumes by 2030 by unveiling Water+."