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In France, the expansion strategy of Amazon has lead in the wing

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Amazon will have to review its plans for its warehouse project in Belfort. Last Thursday, the administrative court of Besançon canceled the building permit and the environmental authorization which had been issued to it. Specifically, it was held that ” the file submitted to the public inquiry did not present any compensation measure for the disappearance of the wetland impacted by the project “. Justice had been seized by two environmental associations, which disputed the establishment of a building 360 meters long and 175 meters wide, in addition to courses for trucks.

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This is not the first time that the multinational has suffered a defeat in France. Recently, it had to abandon its warehouse project in Rouen (160,000 m²), on the former Petroplus refinery site. Same scenario in the south with the abandonment in December of a sorting center project in the Gard (38,800 m²). Several environmental associations had strongly demonstrated against these two possible new installations. To the south of Nantes, plans to create a 185,000 m² warehouse were abandoned in October 2021 following ” the accumulation of technical and legal constraints largely shifting the initial schedule “.

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A recent independent report strongly criticized working conditions at Amazon and explained that improving these will be ” one of the major challenges of the group on the years to come. The Progexa firm (assigned by the central CSE of Amazon France Logistique) pinpoints an increase in the workload, a precariousness of remuneration as well as a questionable quasi-parity in the company.

But Amazon is not the only one to have to change its plans: last week, we learned that Meta was putting its gigantic data center project in the Netherlands on hold. It is expected to consume 1,380 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity per year and cover 166 hectares of agricultural land. Everything was to run on green energy and create 400 jobs. According to Reuters, the project was not well received by environmental activists, who did not want the limited supply of sustainable energy produced in the Netherlands to be used by a multinational. The environmental issue comes up with every data center opening: Apple paid the price for its data center project in Ireland, which was abandoned in 2018.

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