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DHL and Toll utilise carbon-neutral facilities

  • Posted on Tuesday 12th, March 2019.

Logistics companies DHL Supply Chain and Toll Group have both recently delivered carbon neutral industrial buildings, certified under the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) for buildings.

For DHL, its 17,733-square-metre distribution warehouse at 227 Walters Road, Arndell Park, was constructed in 2002 by Frasers Property Australia with DHL as its sole tenant. The industrial building reportedly received a four-star Green Star rating by Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), with sustainability initiatives including LED lighting upgrades and a 2000 kilowatt solar PV system installation.

“Our goal, under Deutsche Post DHL Group’s GoGreen environmental protection program, is to get to zero logistics-related emissions by 2050,” said Saul Resnick, CEO, DHL Supply Chain Australia & New Zealand. “Receiving this 4-star rating underscores our ongoing commitment to achieving this ambitious target. We are however aware that we can only succeed in meeting our target by working closely with like-minded partners such as Fraser Property, who are equally focused on its own carbon neutral goals.”

Toll Group claims its custom-built Nike warehouse in Altona North, Melbourne, has become the first-ever facility in Australia to achieve a whole-of-building carbon neutral certification under NCOS.

The Toll-Nike logistics facility, owned by Stockland, features upgrades to a 2.5-kilometre-long conveyor system which is powered by 145 individual electric motors and the retrofitting of 1,300 light fixtures with high efficiency LEDs. According to Toll, this has led to a halving of the site’s total electricity consumption.

Tony D’Addona, General Manager Logistics and Business Parks at Stockland, said Stockland was thrilled to be awarded carbon neutral certification and a Green Star rating for its Altona Distribution Centre.

“We have all worked hard to complete a range of sustainability initiatives at our Altona Distribution Centre over the last few years, with the ultimate goal of reducing the warehouse’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” he said. “The Carbon Neutral certification process has certainly helped us improve our management approach to sustainability, and has been a worthwhile education process for our warehousing and logistics business. Securing our first official Green Star rating for a logistics property has also helped us improve our approach to sustainability in our Logistics assets and we look forward to continuing to build on this and apply our learnings to future developments, and in operations.”

(Image: Toll-Nike logistics facility.)

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