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FedEx Opens Solar-Powered Hub at Cologne Bonn Airport

FedEx has opened the company’s second FedEx Express solar-powered hub at the Cologne Bonn Airport and its fifth solar facility in operation. FedEx broke ground on the new Central and Eastern Europe in 2008.

FedEx says the Cologne hub is one of its most modern hubs in the world. The roof features the largest FedEx Express solar power installation worldwide and represents one of the largest rooftop solar installations in North Rhine-Westphalia, with an area of 16,000 square meters, producing about 800,000 kilowatt hours per year.

In April, FedEx unveiled its 2.42 megawatt solar installation across 3.3 acres of rooftop space at the FedEx Ground Woodbridge distribution hub in New Jersey. It’s claimed as the largest solar installation in the country. The installation will meet about 30 percent of the facilities energy needs.

Including the Cologne hub, the five on-line FedEx solar facilities will reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by a projected 3,918 metric tons.

FedEx also recently added all-electric delivery vehicles in Paris and Los Angeles, building on its existing all-electric delivery vehicles in London. The integration of all-electric vehicles is part of the company’s pledge to improve the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleet by 20 percent and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its aircraft fleet by 20 percent per available ton mile by 2020.

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