Prologis has announced that its Dutch facility, Prologis Park Eindhoven DC4, has been awarded the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) Zero Carbon Certificate.
According to the firm, the site is the first logistics facility in the world to be awarded this particular certifcate. The ILFI Zero Carbon Certification calls itself the first worldwide Zero Carbon third-party certified standard.
Assets are verified by a third-party after a 12-month performance period as to whether they are energy efficient, combustion free (or actively phasing out combustion), and powered by renewals.
The facility, on the site of a former domestic waste dump, produces net CO2 emissions of zero - generating more energy than it consumes.
The sustainable energy production is expected to offset the total construction of the warehouse within 10 years.
Martijn Kuijken, head of development management Benelux at Prologis Europe, said: 'We’re proud to be the first in logistics real estate to receive a Zero Carbon Certificate from ILFI.
'Being awarded with this certificate allows us to take a great step forward in our global ESG ambitions to achieve net-zero emissions across our operations by 2023 and across our value chain by 2040.
'Although it was a challenging project due to the new innovations we had to apply to improve the sustainability and the challenging environmental aspects due to soil contamination, Prologis Park Eindhoven DC4 can now serve as inspiration for the new standard of warehousing facilities.'
With the aim to create the most sustainable warehouse possible, Prologis Park Eindhoven DC4 was designed as a property without local emissions, with a net-zero carbon output by generating more energy than its own energy consumption, and with a people-centric design to make it a healthy and pleasant working space.
Specifically, the electricity that this all-electric warehouse’s solar system produces compensates for more than the carbon emission footprint of the development project. This energy data was tested and confirmed during one year of operations.
The warehouse also received BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ and WELL ‘Gold’ certificates. The sustainability of Prologis Park Eindhoven DC4 allows GXO, its current customer, to accelerate its own sustainability targets. The warehouse is set in an ecological environment with nature-inclusive landscaping, stimulating biodiversity with insect hotels, bird houses, and native plants.
'Eindhoven DC4, is a strong example of owners, business leaders, architects, engineers, builders, and other stakeholders working to create a building that is a pathway to a regenerative future for all. We’re happy to have awarded Prologis with a Zero Carbon Certification, and we hope this inspires many others to follow their lead,' said Lindsay Baker, CEO, ILFI.