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Initiatives in stationary units

Energy efficiency is supposed to be increased

Terminals, warehouses, railports - in the medium and long term DB Schenker also wants to further reduce CO2 emissions in stationary units such as logistics centers and terminals.

There are numerous instruments for reducing CO2 emissions per square meter such as photovoltaic, wind, and solar energy systems, natural cooling systems, the use of geothermal energy, more efficient conveying technology, innovative lighting systems, heat insulation, and the more intensive use of rain water.

In Eco Warehouse, DB Schenker has created an integrated concept that enables energy-efficient operation of warehouses and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 35 percent. Based on this concept, its specialists build and develop environmentally friendly logistics centers. The concept also includes defined green methods to turn existing warehouses into eco warehouses.

DB Schenker’s principles for designing new warehouses are based on global standards for sustainable construction according to the LEED, BREEAM and DGNB specifications.* They include thermal insulation systems, the use of rapidly renewable local resources, the installation of solar energy and rainwater utilization systems as well as environmentally conscious site definition and accessibility using public transportation. Environmental friendliness is a decisive factor during the planning phase when selecting suppliers and material transport equipment such as electric forklifts and recyclable pallets.

* LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
BREEAM: Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method
DGNB: German Sustainable Building Council

The initiatives implemented in Belgium is a good example. A natural cooling system is now in use at DB Schenker’s logistics center in Willebroek, which is mostly used for customers in the consumer goods sector. The lower ambient temperatures in the night are used to cool the entire unit during the day. As soon as the outdoor temperature at night is two degrees lower than the temperature in the building, the cooling system starts up and keeps the temperature constant during the day.

Last modified: 15.09.2014

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